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Family Carers Ireland Launch Kerry Heart of Gold Fundraising Campaign

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Family Carers Ireland, the national charity supporting the 500,000+ family carers across Ireland, is proud to announce the launch of their national fundraising initiative, Heart of Gold, in Kerry.

Supported by Horizon, Heart of Gold is a special fundraising initiative dedicated to raising vital funds, awareness, and appreciation for family carers who selflessly provide care and support to their loved ones such as children or adults with additional needs, physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental health challenges or addiction.

The purpose of the day is not only to raise funds for Family Carers Ireland's critical programs and services, but to also raise awareness about the challenges faced by family carers. The proceeds collected will enable the organisation to provide crucial resources such as information, support, and advocacy for family carers, as well as drive policy changes that improve the quality of life for both carers and their loved ones.

The funds raised will be utilised to sustain the provision of essential and complimentary services that family carers rely on to care for their loved ones safely. These services include the National Freephone Careline, counselling, and respite, which are invaluable lifelines for family carers. In addition, Family Carers Ireland facilitate support groups, social events, training, and carers' forums to help family carers feel less isolated in their caring responsibilities.

Heart of Gold Day initiative is a chance for the people of Kerry to show their support for family carers by simply donating and wearing a special Heart of Gold pin. The pins will be available for purchase from volunteers on Thursday 15t and Friday 16 June.

Speaking about the launch Marie Fitzgerald, Local Support Manager, Family Carers Ireland said: "We are delighted to launch our Heart of Gold fundraising campaign in Kerry. The work of family carers is often unseen and undervalued, but it is essential. We hope that the people of Kerry will show their support for family carers by getting involved in this initiative.”

“This vital campaign aims to secure funds that will enable family carers to access crucial supports and services. The funds raised from the Heart of Gold campaign will enable us to sustain support for family carers in Kerry. Our focus is on providing group meetings, as well as connecting with family carers over the phone and through home visits, to ensure they receive the support when and where they need it.

"We invite everyone to join us on Heart of Gold Day to honour the incredible work of family carers and help us make a difference in their lives. With the support of our dedicated volunteers and the generosity of people in Kerry, we can continue to raise awareness, advocate for positive change, and provide vital support to family carers throughout Ireland."

Lynsey O’Donovan Family Carer said “Family Carers Ireland has been a lifeline for me and my family. Their support has helped us navigate the challenges of caring for a loved one. I am grateful for the work they do, and I know that with our support, they can continue to make a real difference in the lives of carers and their loved ones."

For more information on the Heart of Gold Day initiative or to purchase a pin, please visit the Family Carers Ireland website at www.familycarers.ie.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

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 […]

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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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