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Golden moment for Killarney’s Tidy Towns team

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KILLARNEY made a clean sweep today as it scooped a gold medal in this year’s national Tidy Towns competition.

The cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District, Councillor Brendan Cronin, praised all involved. “I wish to extend my congratulations to all concerned in Killarney being successful in winning gold in this year's Tidy Town competition,” said Cllr Cronin. “In particular I want to thank the Killarney Tidy Towns committee and all the volunteers who put in a tremendous effort and give so much of their time and commitment in keeping Killarney looking so beautiful. I also wish to recognise the work done by the council staff and management in Killarney which has again ensured that with broad cooperation and support Killarney town has secured gold medal status.”

In fact, it was a case of celebrations all round as overall the county notched five gold medals, the others going to Tralee, Listowel, Kenmare and Sneem. Kerry also had cause to celebrate the fact that Listowel was named Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. Knightstown and Portmagee, meanwhile, received bronze honours.

The cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea, said the wins for the Kerry towns and villages were testament to the outstanding efforts of volunteers across the county who keep their towns looking so well.

“This is wonderful news for Kerry and the various towns involved. I congratulate in a special way the five gold medal winners as well as Listowel which is Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town for the second year running, which is no mean achievement,” said Cllr O’Shea. “These are truly magnificent results for our county.”

Success in the Tidy Towns competition is not only an acknowledgement of the work that local committees do – it also proven to bring benefits from an economic and tourism point of view, he added.

“To each and every one of the 33 entrants from Kerry this year, the very warmest congratulations for your efforts,” said Cllr O’Shea.

Kerry’s director of services, John Breen, said Kerry County Council is delighted to work closely with Tidy Towns committees around the county on an ongoing basis. “Tidy Towns groups are the backbone of their local communities, representing all that is best about civic responsibility and love of community. Five gold medals for the county is an exceptional achievement. So too are the results for most of the Kerry entrants who have continued to see an increase in their points tally year-on-year,” he said.

The north Dublin coastal village of Skerries has won the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition for the first time.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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