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Healy-Raes rev up their Harleys to support services for muscular dystrophy in Kerry

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8-5-2016: The healy-raes Michael and Danny with Liam O Maonlai of The Hothouse Flowers John Keogh, ireland Bikefest, Breffni Ingerton Ireland Bikefest, John Bennett, CEO, MDI and Patrick Flanagan, MDI in Killarney on Sunday at the launch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland's Harley-Davidson® Raffle/Draw which takes place during the Ireland Bikefest Festival on June 5th. The draw aims to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy, as well as funds for the provision of an MDI Support Worker in County Kerry. The raffle/draw will see supporters of MDI – Bikefesters – promoting the raffle nationwide, offering participants the opportunity to buy a €4 ticket to win their very own Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Muscular dystrophy is a rare, and potentially life-limiting, muscle-wasting condition that is estimated to affect approximately 1,500 people across Ireland. There is no known cure. For more information visit www.mdi.ie Photo: Don MacMonagle REPRO FREE PHOTO FROM MDI

THE Healy-Rae brothers saddled up early in advance of Ireland BikeFest, getting on their bikes yesterday to highlight a raffle that is taking place in aid of supports and services for people with muscular dystrophy in Kerry.

The independent Kerry TDs Michael and Danny Healy-Rae donned their leathers and motorcycle helmets to generate support for the Muscular Dystrophy Ireland National Harley-Davidson® Raffle which sees one lucky member of the public ride off with a Harley Davidson® at this year’s Ireland BikeFest taking place in Killarney over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

It’s all part of a thrilling fundraising initiative where people can enter into a draw to win a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Monies raised will go to fund essential supports and services to people affected by muscular dystrophy and their families in County Kerry.

To enter the raffle, members of the public can simply text “BIKEFEST” to 50300* with each text costing €4, plus there is absolutely no limit to the number of entries a person can make, so even more chances to win! [*100 per cent of this donation goes to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.

BikeFest is Ireland’s largest free open biker festival and 2016 marks the tenth year of a unique and special relationship with Muscular Dystrophy Ireland as its official charity partner. Muscular dystrophy is a rare, and potentially life-limiting, muscle-wasting condition that is estimated to affect approximately 1,500 people across Ireland. There is no known cure.

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s CEO, John Bennett, is keen to acknowledge the long-standing support received from Ireland BikeFest over ten years. Speaking following the launch, Mr Bennett said:

“For over 44 years, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland has been on the ground all over the country supporting people with muscular dystrophy and their families to live their lives to the full. Thanks to Ireland BikeFest, we have been able to deliver critical services and supports ranging from youth activities, to family and respite support, to medical research programmes. This year all funds raised from Muscular

Dystrophy Ireland’s National Harley-Davidson® Raffle will stay in the Kingdom to support our local members.

“We are extremely grateful to Ireland BikeFest for allowing Muscular Dystrophy Ireland this platform, not only to raise funds, but also to raise awareness of the work that we do and the inspiring lives of the people that we support. We are also honoured to have Deputies Michael and Danny Healy-Rae on board as ambassadors. They really have gotten into the spirit of things by literally ‘riding’ to our rescue, and their support offers a great endorsement of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s work.”

Kerry TDs Michael and Danny Healy-Rae stated before the launch: “We are delighted to host the launch of the Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s National Harley-Davidson® Raffle to help raise funds for a great organisation. This occasion provides a very important opportunity for MDI to engage with the people and communities of Kerry and to help fund their services in our county. The money raised will fund vital services in the county to help improve the lives of MDI members.”

Patrick O’Donoghue, managing director of The Gleneagle Hotel, host of Ireland BikeFest said: “The Muscular Dystrophy Ireland National Harley-Davidson® Raffle is a wonderful way to raise funds and also to raise awareness. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland carries out incredible work on behalf of their members and we are delighted to play our part in supporting them.”

For more information on the Muscular Dystrophy Ireland National Harley-Davidson® Raffle, Freefone 1800 24 53 00, visit www.mdi.ie, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musculardystrophyireland and on Twitter @MDI_Ireland

 


 

Deputies Michael and Danny Healy-Rae with Liam O Maonlai of The Hothouse Flowers John Keogh, Ireland BikeFest, Breffni Ingerton Ireland BikeFest, John Bennett, CEO, MDI and Patrick Flanagan, MDI in Killarney on Sunday at the launch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s Harley-Davidson® Raffle/Draw which takes place during the Ireland BikeFest Festival on June 5.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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