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GAA legends to gather for Fossa fundraiser

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By Sean Moriarty

Some of the greatest legends ever to grace a Gaelic football pitch will share a stage on July 5.

Fossa GAA Club is organising a fundraiser for club activities and has put together ‘A Night With Legends’ at the INEC.

The event will be styled on RTE’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy.

The cast Fossa GAA Club, home of Senior Kerry Footballers and brothers David and Paudie Clifford, have assembled reads like a who's who of football hall of fame.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined by heroes from other counties like Joe Brolly, Niall Cahalane and Larry Tompkins.

Killarney greats Colm 'Gooch' Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“We promise that it will be a night full of fun and laughter and some great memories and stories will be remembered from some of the greats of the GAA world,” Siobhan Kissane, chairperson of the organising team, said.

This event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

“The club is expanding, there are a lot of new people moving into the area, and our traditional income streams were reduced during the pandemic,” added Siobhan, who is also the club’s Coiste na nÓg officer.

The fundraising drive is a joint effort between the men's, ladies and youth arms of the club with backing from the club’s executive.

Other legends confirmed for the night are Colm O’Rourke (Meath), Jack O'Shea (Kerry), Darragh O Sé (Kerry), Mikey Sheehy (Kerry), Bernard Brogan Sr (Dublin), Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork), and Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry).

Tickets cost €25 per person but groups of 12 can buy a table of 12 for €250.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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