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First Independence Day of Ukraine celebrated in Killarney

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

Wednesday was a day filled with mixed emotions as the Ukrainian community in Killarney celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Independence Day of Ukraine.

The Yershovy family at the ANAM Cultural Centre for the Independence Day of Ukraine on Wednesday.

SONG: Olena Basko singing The Cranberries 'Zombie' at the ANAM Cultural Centre for the Independence Day of Ukraine on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

EMOTIONAL: Valentina Varinaha and Halina Shtakal feeling emotional at the concert in ANAM Cultural Centre for the Independence Day of Ukraine on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

UNITED: Ukrainians Valentina Varinaha Halina Shtakal Shokhrat Ahabekov and Oksana Bondarenko united as they attended the concert in the ANAM Cultural Centre for the Independence Day of Ukraine on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

PERFORMING: Yaromyr Basko pictured singing with his friends at the ANAM Cultural Centre on Wednesday.

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AUDIENCE: A large crowd gathered at the concert in ANAM Cultural Centre for the Independence Day of Ukraine on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

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TOGETHER: Tatiana Berzin Platon Eismont and Natalia Eismont together enjoying the music song and dance at the ANAM Cultural Centre concert for the Independence Day of Ukraine on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

More than 200 spectators attended the Ukrainian show at the ANAM Cultural Centre and included songs, dances, gymnastic numbers, a masterclass for children and a joint flash mob in blue and yellow clothes - the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Traditionally on this day, Ukrainians gather to celebrate liberation from many years of being part of an artificial entity - the Soviet Union under the domination of Russia - and the acquisition of the status of an independent state.

“This is our first Independence Day outside Ukraine so we are delighted to invite our new Irish friends to share the celebration with us," organisers Natalia Krasnenkova, Yevhenia Omelchenko and Alevtyna Rutto said.

Five violinists of the Yeroshovy sisters performed in front of the guests with a programme consisting of classical and Ukrainian works. The sisters brought instruments with them to Ireland and continue to practice their skills.

“Independence Day for our family is a day of justice, a day of support for truth and honour. Ukraine exists, it is strong and beautiful, and indomitable Ukrainians, thanks to their unity, will overcome everything and will not make old mistakes again. With our music, we want to support people who are far from their homeland, who left the Motherland unprepared and against their will. Dear Ukrainians, feel at home on Independence Day. We will give you pieces of our hearts, our music, which was learned in Ukraine, because there is the best children's music education and many other best things in the world!” Alena Yershova said.

The organisers of the concert had already put concerts together before Easter and as part of Ukrainian Day at K-FEST. All the concert participants are Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry. The organisers joked that now they need to organise an All-Ireland tour of Ukrainians talents.

Niall Kelleher, Mayor of Killarney who visited the celebration said that the new experience of cooperation between Ukrainians and town hall gives excellent results.

"Today we have a wonderful holiday, for which I want to thank all the participants and the entire town hall team, thanks to whom it was possible."

FEATURE FILM

A Ukrainian film was shown in the Great Southern Killarney. 'The Rising Hawk' in English, was presented within the framework of the World Charity Film Marathon in support of Ukraine/CinemAid Ukraine Charity Film Marathon.

It's a 2019 American-Ukrainian feature film directed by Akhtem Seitablayev and John Winn, an adaptation of Ivan Franko's historical novel of the same name 'Zakhar Berukt'. The slogan of the film is 'Freedom is my essence'. The co-organiser from the Ukrainian side is the Watch Ukrainian Association.

Through cultural diplomacy, Ukrainians strive to tell as many locals as possible about themselves and their country. It is especially pleasant that many guests came to the events on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine.

"We are very grateful for the help in organising the event: Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Town Hall Killarney, Kerry County Council, ANAM Cultural Centre, Great Southern Killarney, and the Association of Ukrainians in Republic of Ireland.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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