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By Michelle Crean

It was a feast of fashion and fabulous treats last Saturday as ladies and gents enjoyed the Killarney Rotary Afternoon Tea.

Attending the Killarney Rotary Afternoon Tea in the Great Southern on Saturday. Front l to r: Erika Dick Tara O'Donoghue and Cliona King. Back l-r were: Claire O'Mahony Grace Ahern Rachel Coffey Marthe Huggard Irene O'Keeffe Julie O'Connor Rachel Foley Jackie Healy and Noreen O'Sullivan.

Síofra Foley Monika Dukarska Imogen O'Connor and Aggie Dukarska looking stylish at the Killarney Rotary Afternoon Tea in the Great Southern.

Joan Nash Sheighle O'Connor and Ber Earley pictured at the Killarney Rotary Afternoon Tea in the Great Southern on Saturday.

Guests gathered at the Great Southern Killarney for a champagne reception in the stunning foyer prior to being seated in the magnificent Garden Room Restaurant.

The room was full as the event sold out immediately when the date was released.

This year the club will donate the proceeds to Down Syndrome Kerry and to local causes.

Guests enjoyed the tasty treats and there was no shortage of fancy food. People were delighted to get out and meet up with their friends at this popular event. During the afternoon there was a pianist, a singer, a speaker and a fashion show. The President of the Club Rayla Tadjimatova addressed the guests and said she was absolutely thrilled to be part of this group and to see all these people supporting the event. She is happy to see life resuming to some form of normality. She also told them that the next Rotary event is the Wine & Art evening on November 30 which is a big fundraiser. Artists can email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com for a registration form.

Ciara Irwin Foley has organised the Afternoon Tea since she started this event after being Club President 2008-2009.

"I'd like to thank all the members and local businesses who provided prizes for the raffle and door prizes. It is a day where everything is done voluntarily and all the extras are at no cost to the club so then all proceeds go to the chosen charities. Hopefully it will all happen again next year," she said.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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