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Firies GAA launch “The Big Drop’ for Irish Community Air Ambulance

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Firies Football, Hurling and Ladies Football club has launched an innovative fundraising drive to develop their new playing facilities in Firies village while also raising funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance Service and the vital work they provide throughout the country.

The club has grounds and facilities at Páirc Eamonn in Farranfore but, due to the substantial growth in the club over the past ten years, the grounds can very scarcely accommodate all juvenile football/ladies football teams as well as a vibrant hurling club serving the mid-Kerry hinterland.

The club has planning permission obtained for a new training facility adjacent to Firies village which includes grass pitches and a community walking track. In order to finance this development, the club are organising “Firies Big Drop” with prizes worth €25,000.

On Saturday, October 1, Firies Football, Hurling and Ladies Football grounds in Farranfore will be virtually divided into a grid with 4000 squares. Taking advantage of the clubs’ proximity to Kerry Airport, a helicopter will fly over Páirc Eamonn, dropping ten balls. Each ticket sold is allocated a random grid box and if the ball lands on your grid box, you could win a top prize of €10,000. There will also be prizes of €5,000, €2,500, €1,500 and six €1,000 on the day.

At the fundraiser launch, Chairman of Firies Football, Hurling & Ladies Football; Tom Kelliher said:
“The club is in a fortunate position of experiencing phenomenal growth and while we have secured land and planning permissions for the new pitch, substantial funds are now needed to ignite the spark in Firies. We believe this fundraiser will help Firies secure the future for our players and community for years to come.”

Firies Football, Hurling & Ladies Football Club Finance Committees’ Tim Clifford added “10% of all profits form the big drop will go to the Air Ambulance to acknowledge the phenomenal work that they are doing, not only in Firies but beyond."

Tickets for Firies Big Drop are on sale now from https://pallaslotteries.ie/firiesbigdrop at €50 per ticket with the added incentive of an early bird draw of two All-Ireland Football Tickets and overnight accommodation in Dublin when the ticket is purchased before July 16.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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