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FAMILY FUN DAY: Fiona O'Sullivan is helping to organise a Summer BBQ and family fun day, taking place tomorrow (Sunday) in St Brendan's College football field, for Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. Photo Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

One local woman is planning a big family fun day in Killarney this Sunday to help raise vital funds for a suicide prevention charity.

Fiona O’Sullivan is hoping to have good support on the day, which takes place in St Brendan’s College football field, from 1.30pm, in aid of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (YSPI).

The day will include a BBQ, drinks, live music, kids bouncy castle, free make-up applications, gent’s cuts, raffles, guest speakers and more.

Fiona, who wanted to help the charity who have an office in Killarney, fundraise towards a goal of €150,000, says she has received great support from the community.

“The plan is to give every red cent to the charity as they receive no Government funding,” Fiona told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Their big project for 2019 is to raise €150,000 to fund and set up Ireland’s first mobile crisis counselling unit. They want a rapid response mobile vehicle for teens in Ireland at immediate risk of self-harm and suicide.”

So far, she added, all local musicians taking part on Sunday have donated their time for free, as has Kevin O’Regan from Boru Barbers, Tim Jones will donate burgers and Peter and Denise McSweeney from Dinis Cottage will take care of the BBQ on the day. Mike O’Donoghue from Lissivigeen Bouncing Castles will provide activities such as an obstacle course and bouncy castle. Lir Café, Aunty Nellies, The Porter House, Killeen House and Salon B have donated prizes.

There will also be a marquee on the day in case the weather is bad, she added.

Tickets are €20 for adults and kids are free. They are available from Fiona in Zaremba, Boru Barbers and the Killarney Parish Office.

However, she added that if people don’t have a ticket, they’ll except donations on the day.

 

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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