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Headford Ambush Commemoration postponed due to COVID

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The commemoration events planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the
Headford Ambush have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Ambush on British troops at Headford, near Glenflesk, was
carried out on March 21, 1921, by 33 members of the Kerry IRA No. 2
Brigade Flying Column. It was the largest ambush in Kerry during the
War of Independence.

"It's very unfortunate we can't go ahead with the actual centenary
commemoration," said Chairman of the Commemoration Committee, Derry Healy.

"This is something that we've been looking forward to for many years,
given its significance in Irish history, but public health must come
first and hopefully we'll do it all properly in March 2022.

“These men are gone, but they're not forgotten. Beidh lá eile againn.”

13 died in the Headford Ambush – eight British soldiers, two IRA
volunteers (Dan Allman and Jimmy Baily) and three cattle dealers.

A three-year-old girl was badly wounded in both legs when a bullet
passed through her father's leg as he sought to shelter her.

The attack, led by Dan Allman and Tom McEllistrim, targeted a
detachment of British troops due to return by train from Kenmare to
Tralee.

Allman, along with Jimmy Baily, died in the attack. McEllistrim went
on to be a Fianna Fáil TD.

The ambush ended when the Mallow-Tralee train arrived; it had
inadvertently brought British reinforcements, and the IRA withdrew
from the vicinity of the station.

The Headford Ambush was one of the largest engagements of the whole
conflict and was certainly the largest engagement between British
forces and the IRA to take place in Kerry during the War of
Independence.

Last October, the Government gave €10,000 to the local commemoration
committee in Headford to help renovate the existing monument, erected
in 1971, which had fallen into disrepair.

Extensive work has also been done to landscape the whole monument site
which is located about 300 yards from where the actual ambush took
place.

For the first time, the names of all those who fought in the Ambush
will be recorded at the site.

However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, all aspects of the
commemoration involving the gathering of people are postponed until
next year.

 

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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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