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Festive fundraiser for Ian O’Connell

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FUNDRAISER: From right: Eric McDonnell (owner), Ian O'Connell, Josie McDonnell (owner) and Micheal O'Shea (coach at Belief Boutique Gym).

 

By Sean Moriarty

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A unique festive fundraiser in aid of the Ian O’Connell Trust saw 50 members of the Belief Boutique Gym travel the equivalent of four times the Ring of Kerry – indoors – last Saturday.

 

Each Christmas the popular town centre gym organises a fundraiser for local charities and this year’s chosen benefactor is in aid of the inspirational Killarney teenager who is confined to a wheelchair following a mountain biking accident two years ago.

 

Members of the gym took turns – two to three minute stints – on rowing machines, static bikes and skiing machines. During the course of the day an estimated 50 members completed a distance that was equal to going around the Ring of Kerry four times or a total of nearly 720kms.

 

“Two years on from my accident and they are still people fundraising!” Ian told the Killarney Advertiser. “I am so grateful for the efforts of these people. I called in for about two hours, it was great craic and plenty of music too.”

 

Co-owner Josie O’Shea was delighted with the turnout on the day.

“The goal was to complete the Ring Of Kerry four times in under three hours. This was achieved in 2hrs 40mins,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “We had a great turnout of local Killarney people and members. Local businesses sponsored prizes, there was a DJ and festive treats from The Shire. Ian and his family also came in for the event and it was great to have him there.”

The gym has set a target of €2,000 and their efforts, so far, exceeded that target by €100  with more donations expected to come in.

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Killorglin mother and son pen poetry book

By Michelle Crean What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son. The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just […]

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By Michelle Crean

What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son.

The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just in time for Christmas.

And all proceeds will be donated to Comfort for Chemo, an organisation whose mission it is to build and equip a chemotherapy unit for the people of Kerry.

The charity is close to the young author’s heart as Conor himself was undergoing cancer treatment while writing this book.

With original poetry by the mother and son, the book also has another separate family connection as the talented illustrators are local artists, father-daughter duo Con and Rochelle Lucey, with each page awash with colour and beautiful drawings.

“I know first-hand how important it is to have a comfortable environment while receiving chemotherapy,” Conor said.

‘A Very Kerry Year’ is currently available for €12 from The Crystal Cave and the Reeks District Tourist Office in Killorglin and will soon be available in many more outlets throughout the county.

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