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Five schools – but one mission – to fundraise!

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FUNDRAISER: Students from five local schools are coming together to raise funds for palliative care by organising a Christmas Jumper Day on December 18. Pictured were: Isabella Dennehy, Jayden Hurley, Lizzie Linehan, Tomás Clifford, Keelyn O’Leary and Gavin White. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Last year’s fundraiser was an overwhelming success – raising a whopping €12,000 – and now five schools are joining together to do it all again for another very good cause.

The Sem, Killarney Community College, Holy Cross Mercy, Presentation Monastery, and St Francis Special School – who last year held the fundraising Christmas Jumper Day in memory of the much loved past St Brendan’s College student Niall McGillicuddy, are once again combining their efforts – this time in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

On Friday, December 18 the students and staff across all five schools will don festive jumpers and donate to this very important facility; one which, like many others across the country, has seen its fundraising activities hit hard by the COVID crisis.

“We were honestly bowled over by the response to last year’s fundraiser – both across the participating schools and among the wider community,” Elaine Moynihan, LCVP teacher said.

“The flurry of donations that arrived over the week of that fundraiser was completely unexpected and hugely significant in allowing us to raise the amount that we did. While 2020 has been a devastating year for many, it is also one which showed us the power of community spirit – the potential to achieve great things when we work together. Given the success of last year’s coordinated effort, it made sense that we approach the other schools and invite them to get involved. We were delighted, but not surprised, when all four, without hesitation, agreed.”

She added that they are again hoping to have the same community support once again.

“We would love for the public to get behind this; particularly anyone who has benefited from the Palliative services of University Hospital Kerry and is looking for a medium through which to give back. Obviously with COVID, and the current restrictions, it is no longer as easy to drop donations in but if anyone would like to support this worthy cause, donations can be posted, in care of the Kerry Hospice Foundation fundraiser, to the Sem or any of the other participating schools.”

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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