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Gina’s generous supporters help raise €10k

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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.

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"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."

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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