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GoFundMe set up for terminally ill single mother

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for a Kerry mother of three who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Lisa Broderick (47) lives in The Cloisters, Abbeydorney with two of her three children; Holly (13) and Paddy (11) who are dependent on her in every way. Her older daughter Siun (23) is currently working and living in Dublin.

Lisa, originally from Lisanearla, previously underwent treatment for breast cancer in 2019 and was relieved when she got the all-clear in 2020.

However, in June last year Lisa was devastated to learn her cancer had not only returned but is terminal and she’s been given just five years to live.

She had been suffering from shoulder and rib pain for months but put it down to driving for her job at the time.

Following a visit to the GP, she went for an MRI and then a CT scan which revealed that she had two tumours in her liver.

“I was completely and utterly devastated,” Lisa said.

“I went back to work quite soon after getting the all clear. There was a lot of driving involved and I’d take painkillers for the pain. Never once did I think something like this.”

Speaking about the future and her children she said that “the reality is I won’t see them in their 20s”.

“It’s very tough on everyone. We’re a very close unit here, it’s heart-breaking for them.”

Lisa has had no choice but to leave her full-time job due to her many appointments and coping with the side effects that come with the treatment to prolong her life.

Her goal is to raise enough funds to be able to afford days out with her children in the time she has left with them, and leave lasting memories for them to cherish.

She has dedicated her life to her children. They are her entire world.

The GoFundMe is to help ease the financial burden for Lisa and her family and help add some security for the children’s future. She wants “to ease the financial stress” on them for when she’s no longer here with them.

“They’re my absolute world, it’s all about them.”

All donations, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated.

See https://www.gofundme.com/f/lisa-broderick for more.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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