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Gina’s generous supporters help raise €10k




By Michelle Crean

A Firies woman has added another €10,470 to the charity pot as her annual fundraiser was yet again a complete success.

WINNER: John and Helen O'Connor Firies pictured with the TV that they won in this year's 'Big Christmas Raffle' for Comfort for Chemo.

It's the fourth year Gina Herlihy has fundraised and her second time doing it online due to COVID - but that didn't stop the support from locals and beyond from digging deep and giving generously to the 'Big Christmas Raffle'.

Gina's goal is to raise as much funding as possible for Comfort for Chemo Kerry who are on a mission to raise €5m to build a new chemotherapy unit on the grounds of University Hospital Kerry (UHK). It is being built for the people of Kerry by the people of Kerry.

The Christmas raffle was held on December 10 live from Gina's own kitchen in Firies.

There were 73 happy winners on the night with John O'Connor from Firies winning the television sponsored by Johnny O'Meara Bus Hire and a fantastic hamper sponsored by Olivia Butler of Butler's Bar Firies.

"I am proud to fundraise for such a fantastic charity that is very close to my own heart," Gina told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The businesses of Kerry and beyond were more than generous with fantastic donations and prizes and everyone so very willing to support the raffle. I was very lucky to acquire new sponsors this year. The prizes were valued at over €5,500. We had fantastic prizes with everything from hotel breaks, vouchers, a BBQ course, beauty hampers, drink and meat hampers, a TV, and a bike.


"The local people and businesses of Firies and beyond really stepped up to the plate this year again and made this event another fantastic success raising a whopping €10,470 with one hundred percent of this money going straight to the charity."

She added that due to its success that she's planning to do it all again next Christmas, hopefully even bigger and better.

"No doubt I will do this all again and if there are any businesses who would like to come on board and support this event I would be very grateful to hear from them," she said.

"Thanks to our amazing sponsors and supporters because without their help kindness, generosity and support, this charity event, and others like it, simply could not take place."



Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]




The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!


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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]




Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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