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Hopes that Killarney will celebrate Ukraine’s day of Independence

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By Sean Moriarty

The Ukrainian community in Killarney hope to celebrate their country’s Independence Day on August 24 with a range of cultural events.

CELEBRATION: The Ukraine community in Killarney has enjoyed Irish culture events - now they want to share their culture with locals

This year Ukraine will celebrate the 31st Anniversary of its Independence from the former USSR following a declaration of Independence on August 24 1991 and backed up by referendum in December the same year.

Killarney is home to an estimated 1,500 Ukrainians and the number is set to grow in the coming weeks.

There are over 3,000 Ukrainians in Kerry with most of them based in either the Killarney or South Kerry area.

Killarney-based Ukrainians are seeking the help of local politicians and townspeople so they can mark their Independence day later this month.

They hope to put on a range of cultural events and many locally based Ukrainians will dress in traditional costumes and (if a permit is granted) parade through the streets of Killarney.

“This year we will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the independence of our country and for the first time we will celebrate it outside it's borders. We are now under your protection and guardianship, both of the country and of the people. Every day we feel your support and we really appreciate it,” said Natalya Krasnenkova who has written to a number of local politicians seeking permission to run an event.

“That is why we want to spend the Independence Day of Ukraine together with the Killarney community and introduce you to our traditions and culture.”

They hope to run an amateur concert by Ukrainians who are currently in Killarney, show a Ukrainian film with English subtitles and a craft fair.

“Also, we would like to involve all public and official institutions like city hall, banks, post office, and bars so that for one day, on August 24, they would place Ukrainian flags in their windows and on the streets. We want to be part of your community and will be happy to introduce local people to our country.”

If you can help or want to get involved email sean@killarneyadvertiser.ie and information will be passed on to the event organisers.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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