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Glenflesk locals plan fundraiser for additional defibrillator

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FUNDS FOR THE DEFIBRILLATOR: Getting ready for the Glenflesk Community Defibrillator coffee morning from l-r were: Paddy Carroll, Paddy O'Donoghue, Mary O'Donoghue, Geraldine O'Brien, Derry Healy and Padraig O'Sullivan. 

By Michelle Crean

Locals in Glenflesk are planning to saves lives by installing a defibrillator in their community – but first they plan to fundraise for the equipment.

And in order to get the funds together, The Glenflesk Community Defibrillator Group are planning a coffee morning on Saturday, April 27 in The Kerryway, between 11am and 1pm.

All funds raised will go towards the purchase, installation and maintenance of a defibrillator and cabinet, which will be located at O’Brien’s Shop, Derry Healy from the group explained.

“The defib in the area is in the GAA grounds,” Derry said.

“We are fundraising for another which will be located in O’Brien’s shop.”

He added that four locals came together the time Danny Healy-Rae put in a deputation to lower the speed limit in the village. They’re hoping that an additional defibrillator will help somebody in the case of an emergency.

“We want to make the village safer.”

Four local schools will provide entertainment at the coffee morning and there will also be a raffle on the day with a painting worth €1,500, donated by Mark Eldred, to be won. Locals are providing food while The Kerryway will assist with teas and coffee. “There’ll be hampers and other prizes also.”

If anyone requires any more information or would like to sponsor a raffle prize please contact one of the committee members: Derry Healy on 087 2707899, Geraldine O’Brien 085 1641048, Jerry Mullane 087 2627815 or Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384.

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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