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Get ready for Good Friday Hospice Walks



By Michelle Crean

Members of the Killarney branch of Kerry Hospice Foundation are all set for their annual fundraising walks next week.

The popular fundraising walk on Good Friday April 7, will once again be in memory of the late Vivien O’Shea and Sheila McGillycuddy and all who have passed with life limiting illnesses.

Registration takes place from 9.30am at the Garden Restaurant, Muckross House and the walk commences at 10.30am.

There is a choice of two walks, a 10km and a 5km.

The 10km goes from the Garden Restaurant via Dinis Cottage and a section of Torc Trail and will return to the starting point. The route will be signposted.

The 5km walk also leaves and returns to Garden Restaurant, and is suitable for walkers with young children/buggies.

This year the Student Council of Scoil Bhríde Loreto National School will be setting the adult/kids quizzes.

There is no registration fee but there will be a bucket collection on the day. Tickets will be on sale for some lovely spot prizes and are €5 for three strips of five tickets. There'll be complimentary takeaway tea/coffee also available at Dinis Cottage by kind permission of the proprietor for participants.

"Killarney sprinter Sarah Leahy, who is making a name for herself in the athletics world, is our ambassador this year and will be cutting the tape to start the walk," Pat Doolan, Chair of the Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch, explained.

Suitable footwear is advisable in the interests of health and safety, especially along the section of Torc Trail.

Kerry Hospice Foundation is a voluntary organisation dedicated to providing palliative care services to people with life limiting illnesses. This care, which is free of charge, is provided at their 15 bed inpatient unit and Palliative Day Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry and also through the home nursing scheme. Presently it costs in excess of €10,000 a week to fund their services.

The people of Kerry have been very generous supporters and the magnificent facilities now available at University Hospital Kerry are testament to their generosity.

"The ongoing support of the people of Kerry is vital in maintaining these facilities. As our late departed County Fundraising Chairman, Ted Moynihan used to say: “You may never need the hospice, but the hospice needs you”. Looking forward to seeing you all on the day."

In Kilcummin on the same day a hospice walk will also take place starting from the recreation hall at 10am. The family friendly walk has a choice of 5km or 10km. Refreshments will be provided in the hall afterwards. Alan Oliver of Lir has again generously sponsored a large Easter Egg which will be raffled among participants. All money raised through donations on the day will be forwarded to the Palliative Care Unit, Kerry Hospice Association.


Ballinskelligs: 11am – 1pm Ballinskelligs CC Reen and Back
Caherciveen: 11am Caherciveen CC fair field - Rockey Road back to C/Civeen
Chapeltown: 11am Chapeltown Football field – middle road, Batchelors Walk shore road and home
Portmagee: 11am Portmagee CC – Doora back to Portmagee
The Glen: 11am The Glen Day Care Centre – The Bridge return to Day Care.
Waterville: 11am IRD car park to Rineen Pier and return
Castlegregory: 11am Bowlers Corner, Castlegregory
Tarbert: (15/4/23) 10.30am Tarbert Comprehensive School to the Pier at Tarbert
Tralee: (Ted Moynihan Memorial Walk) 10am Denny Street - Blennerville – Denny Street
Lixnaw: 11am Lixnaw Church and back
Glenbeigh: 10am Rossbeigh Beach Glenbeigh
Listowel: 10am St. Patrick’s Hall – Charles Street, Library Road, Church Street, Greenway, back by Greenway – Church Street – William Street.
Milltown: 10.45am Milltown Muintir Na Tire Hall, Lyre, Ballyvarrane Cross- Nauntane – Milltown.
Castleisland: 11am C/Island Library, (Black Road) back to Library
Ballyduff: 5pm Cashen Pier to Lacca Cross via Knopogue Road, Coast road to Dowd’s Cross, returning to Cashen Pier.
Killarney: 10am Muckross House via Dinis Cottage and Torc Trail – return to Muckross House.
Annascaul: 11am Inch Beach
Killorglin: 10am Plaza Killorglin – Laharn, Ceanovree – Old Glenbeigh Road – Library Place/Plaza.
Spa Fenit: 10.30am Tankard Kilfenora, Fenit – Kilfenora.
Ballyheigue: 11am Castlegate Ballyheigue
Kilcummin: 10.30am Kilcummin Recreational Hall, Old Creamery, Keane's Cross – Kilcummin Hall.
Ballybunion: 11:00am Barracks to Cashen car park back to Barracks

Killarney sprinter Sarah Leahy



Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]



A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]




People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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