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Huge outpouring of support for Ukraine appeal

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HELPERS: Volunteers helping with donations for the Ukrainian appeal at the Methodist Church on Saturday. Photo: Gosia Miczek

Photo: Gosia Miczek

Photo: Gosia Miczek

Photo: Gosia Miczek

Photo: Gosia Miczek

Photo: Gosia Miczek

By Michelle Crean

The amazing act of generosity at the Methodist Church in town means that essential items will be distributed to victims of war torn Ukraine who are suffering at the hands of Russian troops who are continually raining bombs and bullets under Putin's orders.

The donations came pouring in last week when Polish nationals living in Killarney, Konrad Paprocki, Iza Dian, and Diana Sobas Gorka, set up the 'Kerry for Ukraine' Facebook page.

A tractor from Currow filled up with goods and 400 boxes came from Rathkeale were just some of the many which arrived to help. Business from across the town and beyond arrived with food to feed the volunteers.

So far one truck by O'Neill's Transport, has already delivered some of the goods to Poland, and more from Kerry are expected to arrive by early next week.

"It was a massive response from Killarney and Kerry," Konrad told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Everything is going to be there by next week. We need the goods there as soon as possible. We'd like to say a big thank you to every single person and business who supported us."

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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