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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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