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The team at Great Southern Killarney wish to spread some festive cheer this Christmas and have joined forces with Focus Ireland to support homeless families in Munster with a gift-box appeal.

Great Southern are reaching out to families and schools to donate new gifts such as toys, books and pyjamas for boys and girls who are aged 0-12 years to fill as many gift-boxes as possible.

Join the team at Great Southern Killarney along with your family on December 4 to drop off your gift to The Reading Room.

Afterwards you can enjoy some hot chocolate, festive treats and the children can also meet Santa and the Elves around 3pm.

"We are delighted to be involved with such a worthy charity and to be bringing joy to children across Munster," Hayfield Family Collection Group Sales & Marketing Director, Danielle Murrihy, who has been liaising with Focus Ireland on this initiative, said.

"If you would like to get involved, please drop off your gift to Great Southern Killarney on Saturday December 4 from 11am-4pm. Please note that all gifts must be new. We look forwarding to welcoming you."

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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