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HELPING: Photographer Evelyn Woodard didn't hesitate to help raise funds for Dublin mother Holly Kennedy who is going through an aggressive form of cancer. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

This week, Editor of the Killarney Advertiser Michelle Crean is 'In Conversation' with local photographer Evelyn Woodard who, after coming through her own breast cancer battle, continues to help others on a similar journey.

Five years ago Evelyn was diagnosed with breast cancer, and now recovered from her journey, she's inspiring and helping others.

Upon hearing the news that Dublin mother Holly Kennedy who previously overcame breast cancer has relapsed and is at stage four with the cancer now in her liver, lungs and bones - Evelyn decided to get involved in a GoFundMe campaign to help raise some funds for the €70,000 needed to get her to America for specialist treatment.

With the fundraiser currently at over €44,000, there's still a long way to go, and to help Evelyn is donating a €200 voucher for a portrait sitting.

Five years ago Evelyn (45) herself found a lump but initially ignored it. However, after eventually seeking advice from her GP she was referred to Cork for a triple assessment which includes touch, mammogram and a biopsy, and was almost immediately told it was in fact breast cancer.

“Ignorance of how the whole process works and how long you have to wait for results is a lot of it,” Evelyn said. “I was pretty much told that day that it was breast cancer - it was July 31."

Evelyn explained that going through an experience like that changes you.

"When you have cancer you become very much aware of other people going through it. I’ve found that people are afraid of their life to talk about it.”

Last year, as a way of giving back, Evelyn from Faha, arranged a beautiful photoshoot with women from all over Ireland, including two best friends, who have or have had breast cancer. She said that it was a very emotional experience to go through.

Now, after hearing Holly's own story of how her cancer has returned even more aggressively, Evelyn didn't hesitate to help. As a new mum of a little boy, Holly found her lump whilst breast feeding and was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a very aggressive and fast growing breast cancer in December 2016, at the age 32. Holly set up the free ‘Happy Magazine’ a publication dedicated to positivity and inspiration for those who have survived or are going through cancer. Now the cancer has returned and she's been accepted on a pharmaceutical drug trial through Cytodyn in the USA.

Now using her skills and talent, Evelyn is hoping that by offering a voucher for a photoshoot it will help raise some much needed funds for Holly’s treatment.

“I don’t know Holly but I have chatted to her online," Evelyn said. "I would be quite friendly with Olive who set up the GoFundMe page for Holly and I saw it when she shared it out on social media. Holly is at stage four and you’d do anything to help a mother through that.”

The competition is being run through @browtique_cork_official_nurse Instagram page. All you have to do is donate €5 and comment #hollystrail. The draw will take place on August 6 at 7pm. Also see GoFundMe: Keep Holly Healthy And “HAPPY”( USA drug trial).

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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