By Michelle Crean
One Firies lady is on a mission to raise as much funding as possible for ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry’ to help those going through treatment to have more comfort.
Gina Herlihy, who normally organises a Little Women’s Christmas event, has had to take her charity work online due to this year’s restrictions.
So far, over €2,500 has been raised of the €1,000 target set – and she’s hoping for even more support.
Gina began fundraising two years ago for Comfort for Chemo Kerry as she lost both parents to cancer.
“I was 15-years-old when my mother died of breast cancer and she travelled up and down to Cork for her treatment,” she explained.
“My father was 62 but never had treatment. I know how much a new chemotherapy unit will mean to people who are in need of chemotherapy services in Kerry.”
She held two fundraising events over the past two years in the village of Firies and a total of €10,100 was raised.
“The community spirit from the people of Firies and beyond was always amazing. Businesses and locals again this year are very generous. The charity is on a mission to raise €5m to build a new state-of-the-art separate unit on the grounds of UHK for the people of Kerry and surrounding areas who are in need of chemotherapy services and I’m hoping that this fundraising raffle will generate much needed funds to help them along. Due to COVID I could not host the same event this year but wanted to still raise funds so I reached out to businesses for prizes and they and local people were only too delighted to donate.”
This fundraiser is all about this amazing charity, she added.
“I’m extremely proud to be a fundraiser for them and I’m also very grateful to the people of Firies and Kerry and beyond for their continued support. Everyone has said how much they will miss the women’s night this year so I’m hoping that people will dress up in their Christmas jumpers and tune in live to the raffle on Facebook and they can take photos and send them in to me. I’ll do a memory gallery afterwards and maybe we can show some photos of them and their excitement if they win.”
To donate and help the cause search GoFundMe: Christmas Raffle in aid of Comfort For Chemo Kerry.
Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert
NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
By Michelle Crean
Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.
Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.
“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”
Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.
“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”
€1m upgrade for Killarney store
INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle
A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.
Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.
And customers admired the new look.
DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.
“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.
“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”
Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig
By Michelle Crean
One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.
Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.
Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.
‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.
In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.
“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.
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