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SUPPORT: Appealing for support for this year’s Radio Kerry Christmas Jumper Day are members of the St Vincent de Paul Killarney Conference. Pictured were: Dymphna Horgan, Breda Dwyer, Marcus Treacy, Teddy Bowler, and Mike Riordan. Photo: Michelle Crean

Radio Kerry’s annual county wide Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul will be a COVID-19 friendly FUNdraising event. Taking place on Friday, December 11, it is the seventh year of the fundraising initiative which to date has raised over €95,000. The 2020 target is to achieve at least €15,000.

Participants can take part in their own local environment simply by wearing a Christmas Jumper and sharing a photo or video via social media, email, text and WhatsApp and make a donation to the St Vincent De Paul.

Private individuals, families, school and university students, teachers, lecturers and administration teams, colleagues in small, medium and large enterprises – whether working from the office or home can all participate. Think Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Tik Tok!

“We wish to appeal to the people of Kerry to get involved and help us to help fellow Kerry people who are facing a very difficult Christmas," Paddy Kevane, President of The Society of St Vincent de Paul Kerry, said.

Donations may be made directly to the St Vincent de Paul Kerry bank account, their shops around the county or to Radio Kerry.

This year there's an Online Donation service www.radiokerry.ie/donate and a dedicated phone line for donations (066) 712 8021 (Extension 1) with one hundred percent of the money going to St Vincent de Paul Kerry.

"The money raised via Christmas Jumper Day is used to fund a number of St Vincent de Paul projects right across Kerry including Christmas food hampers, Santa gifts for children who are homeless and in direct provision, Christmas Day Meals on Wheels and the Kerry Education Fund.

St Vincent de Paul operate a donation centre in Tralee, seven stores across their Conference areas in Tralee, Castleisland, Listowel, Killorglin, Killarney, Dingle and Abbeyfeale.

"This year we’re encouraging you to make your own Christmas jumper for your chance to win a prize! We’ve got a hamper, a Kerry Gift Card and an SVP shop voucher to be won for the most creative entries!
We are very grateful to everyone who has been a part of Radio Kerry’s Christmas Jumper Day in aid of St Vincent De Paul since 2014! Stay tuned to Radio Kerry for regular updates!

To register go to www.radiokerry.ie/jumperday20.

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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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