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Help Kerry Hospice raise vital funding this June

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By Michelle Crean

Kerry Hospice Foundation volunteers will be selling sunflower merchandise around the county next month to raise vital funds for the hospice and home care services.

This year's Hospice Sunflower Day will take place on June 10 and 11 and organisers are delighted to be back following a forced break due to the pandemic.

"Our last Sunflower Day on the streets was in 2019 and we are so excited this year that we can go back to normality and meet the wonderful people of Kerry who have supported the services over the last 30 years," Andrea O'Donoghue PRO with the Kerry Hospice Foundation told the Killarney Advertiser.

Hospice Sunflower Days are celebrating 32 years and it's one of Ireland's biggest charity fundraisers.

"Kerry Hospice needs to raise €600,000 a year to support the Specialist Palliative Care Services and the Home Care Services and in the near future fund two nurse prescribers which will benefit the whole county. We also have a Swift Donate Page and the link is www.idonate.ie/swift/Kerry SFD," she added.

"Kerry Hospice Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support over the last number of years and especially over the last two years when COVID restrictions did not allow street collections. A big thank you also to David Moran of the Kerry team who officially launched our Sunflower Day for us."

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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