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Heartbroken community fundraise for couple’s young sons

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By Michelle Crean

One generous woman is calling on the community to rally together to help raise funds for children who recently lost both parents to cancer.

Valerie Foley, who works in Leading Labels in the Killarney Outlet Centre, says the community of Milltown and beyond is just devastated following the death of well-known couple Padraig and Elaine Clifford who both died from cancer within months of each other.

Padraig passed away in January, just five months after his wife Elaine succumbed to the same illness the day before her 41st birthday.

Now Valerie wants to help support the boys; Patrick, Jack, Andrew and Connor, by raising much needed funds for them. She has organised a coffee morning at the Nagle Rice Centre Milltown on Saturday, April 23.

So far the support in Killarney from different businesses has been fantastic, Valerie explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"Milltown and beyond is devastated with the passing of Elaine and Padraig so I decided to have this coffee morning," Valerie said.

"I knew the boy's parents well before they passed away. They were the nicest couple. They have two boys in the primary school. Andrew is in my daughter's class making their Communion this year and Connor is five, the same as my son Darragh."

She added that she has also had great support from the people in Milltown, Killorglin, Tralee and Cork.

"I have lots of help with my event and got some fantastic spot prizes for that morning. I hope on the morning of the April 23 that people will come out and support this great cause and while doing so enjoy a coffee and some home baking."

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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