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By Michelle Crean

One family are so thankful for the services provided for their daughter with a vision impairment that they're calling on the community to support their upcoming fundraiser.

12-year-old Grace O’Sullivan was diagnosed with Stargardt disease five years ago, which causes progressive sight loss.

However, her family, mom Mary, dad Canice and sisters Farrah and Maisy, have been so amazed by the wonderful support from the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) and the assistive technology which helps her live a relatively normal life, that they've organised the 'Pedal for Grace' charity cycle fundraiser next month.

"It affects her central vision," Grace’s mom Mary O’Sullivan, whose parents Sean and Mary O'Donoghue live in Deerpark, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"She has about two thirds of her central vision and has trouble recognising faces and fine detail, but to look at Grace you'd think there was nothing wrong."

She added that it's a progressive genetic disease and researchers think that both parents are carriers.

Unaware of the support of NCBI until they needed it, Mary says that they are a wonderful charity which allows Grace to meet with others her own age going through the same thing.

"NCBI helped Grace to become confident and independent as she goes through different stages of life," Mary, who previously raised €8,000 with a skydive and fancy dress party for her 40th birthday three years ago, said.

"Our family have decided to hold a charity cycle to show our appreciation and give something back to help others in the same situation."

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The event will kick off at the Firies Community Centre, Church Road on September 10.

Registration for 'Pedal for Grace' can be done on the NCBI website event page in advance of the event or can be completed on the day of the event from 8.30am onwards.

Those who fundraise €100 or more for the event will receive a free cycling jersey and no registration fee will be required. All cyclists must wear helmets.

You can also choose to take part in one of two events: 9.30am – 60km cycle of the Killorglin Loop, registration fee is €30, or the 10km cycle loop at 10.30am and the registration fee is €10.

Music and more fun will be available at Henderson’s Bar following the cycles.
People who wish to register for Grace’s big day can do so on the Pedal for Grace event page.

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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