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Hundreds attend Headford Ambush Commeration

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Over 300 people attended the 101st Headford Ambush Commemoration last Sunday at the Monument in Headford.

LOCALS: Local men Pat Favier and Jack Dineen attending last Sunday's commeration. Photo: Seamus Healy

COMMERATION: Dermie Murphy and Maria O'Sullivan Kilquane at Headford last Sunday. Photo: Seamus Healy

SPEAKER: Dr Tim Horgan historian and author who was the speaker at last Sunday's commeration at Headford. Photo: Seamus Healy

ATTENDING: Frances Healy with her niece Noirin Healy pictured attending the commeration Headford last Sunday. Photo: Seamus Healy

SONG: Headford man Jim Kelly singing 'The Headford Ambush' song at the Commeration last Sunday. Photo: Seamus Healy

MUSICIANS: Local musicians Padraig Creedon and Micheal McGillicuddy entertaining the crowd at the Headford Ambush Commeration last Sunday. Photo: Seamus Healy

ATMOSPHERE: Piper Declan Buckley adding the haunting atmosphere to the occasion with Dr Tim Horgan at Headford last Sunday. Photo: Seamus Healy

Guest speaker, Dr Tim Horgan delivered a powerful oration on the day. Piper, Declan Buckley opened proceedings and there were further musical performances by local musicians Micheál MacGillycuddy and Pádraig Creedon.

Brendan O’Sullivan from Fossa added to the occasion by bringing old artefacts from the original Headford Station. The event was finished off perfectly with a heartfelt rendition of the ballad ‘The Headford Ambush’ by local legend Jim Kelly.

"The committee would like to thank the Gardaí, Declan Leader and Alan Dunne for ensuring traffic flowed smoothly on the day and to all the stewards who helped with parking. A huge thank you to all who helped in any way to make it a day to remember for many years to come," Derry Healy said.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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