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Friary to sell Trócaire’s Christmas ‘Gifts of Love’

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s Franciscan Friary is the only local outlet to offer Trócaire’s Christmas ‘Gifts of Love’ this year.

The development agency sells a range of Christmas gifts which allows the charity to provide families in the developing world with clean water, essential tools, livestock and help with education.

There are 17 Trócaire gifts to choose from, such as chicks, beehives and solar lamps, ranging in price from €5 to €1,000.

Trócaire gift packs are available to buy from the Friary office which opens from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

“Christmas is a time of giving and we are delighted to offer this service to the people of Kerry,” Fr Eamonn O’Driscoll told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Dubliner, who joined the Killarney Friary last year, can trace his family roots to Valentia Island.

Between 1985 and 1991 he spent five years on a mission in Zimbabwe.

“I have seen first-hand the work of Trócaire,” Fr Eamonn, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Wednesday said.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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