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By Michelle Crean 

Feel-good cheer abounded as local supporters and invited guests alike gathered at the Killarney Royal Coffee Morning on Friday last.

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Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group on Friday were from left: Orla O’Sullivan Patricia O’Sullivan Lotte Lyne Tasha Lyne and Mary McSorley from Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group on Friday were from left: Siobhan O'Sullivan Tina Dennehy Patti Van Der Berg Aileen Lombard Marie Cassidy Louise and Fiadh O'Donoghue. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group were staff members from left: Lisa O’Riordan Maria Daly Tara Waters Haden Coffey Ellen Roche and Roisin O'Sullivan. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group were from left: Rose Palmer and Margaret O'Sullivan from Sneem. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group were from left: Noreen O'Connor Kathleen O'Leary Nora Kissane and Breda Dyland from Kerry Cancer Support Group. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group on Friday were from left: Roisin O'Sullivan (Killarney Royal Hotel) and Breda Dyland from Kerry Cancer Support Group. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group on Friday were from left: Sue McDonough and Kathleen O'Shea from Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group were from left: Liz Ryan and Patricia O'Connor from Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group on Friday were from left: Helen McElligott Rose O'Callaghan and Michelle McElligott from Tralee. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group were Betty McCarthy Milltown Mary O’Halloran and Madeleine McCarthy Firies. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group were: Jackie O'Brien Danielle Murrihy and Mary O'Connor. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured enjoying the Killarney Royal Hotel charity Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group were Michael and Bernie O'Sullivan Kilcummin. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The event was in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group and sponsored by Killarney Royal and Hayfield Family Collection. All proceeds are going directly to the charity which has been providing vital assistance to cancer patients in Kerry since 2007. The charity has a large team that are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring support for those affected by cancer and their families.

“We are absolutely delighted with the turnout on Friday in support of Kerry Cancer Support Group," event host and Killarney Royal Operations Manager, Roisin O’Sullivan, said.

"In total we raised €4,400 and we would like to thank those who supported the event and donated so generously. This is an extremely important service for those living in Kerry and we are delighted to sponsor this event, assist with their fundraising efforts and support the excellent work that they do.”

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch

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At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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