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Generous Joe raises €1,600 for charity

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Local window cleaner Joe Gaffey may have just tuned the big 70 – but he has no plans to slow down just yet!
Although Joe, from Ferndale Avenue, Killarney, officially celebrated the milestone on Friday- he spent Saturday night partying the night away with family and friends in The Dromhall Hotel.
And, being kind natured and generous, he used the occasion as a fundraiser – raising €1,600 for the Dementia Wing in the Rock Mount Day Centre.
Joe, who has been window cleaning in town for 31 years, was joined on the night by his wife Julie, sons Darren and Jonathan, daughter-in-law Joanne, grandchildren Olivia (13) and Ruby (11), as well as his sisters Mary and Joan and family from as far as London, Ferbane, and as local as Killarney and Castleisland.
Unfortunately his brothers Declan and Ray couldn’t make it on the night.
“It was a great night,” Joe told the Killarney Advertiser.
“We had finger food and plenty of music by DJ Ger O’Sullivan. He played ‘60s and ‘70s including Elvis, ABBA and Joe Dolan and some modern songs for the younger crowd.”
He said that everyone gave generously for which he’s very thankful.
10 years ago he did a fundraiser for MS and raised over €700 and was delighted to raise even more this time around.
“My brother Ray in Leeds has Alzheimer’s which inspired me to pick that charity. It’s very common – it’s frightening.”
And he added that not only were people generous on the night but local businesses and people on the street have been stopping him and donating as well.
“People around the town are very generous,” he said. “I want to say thank you to everyone for coming on the night and supporting the charity, local businesses and people for their support also.”
And he won’t be slowing down anytime soon, he added.
“You make the best of what you have and I have no intention of retiring just yet. I love working and I’m quite content.”

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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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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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