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“Innisfallen team helped us to feel the beauty of life again”




Last week marked a full year since 150 displaced Ukrainian refugees set up a temporary home in the Innisfallen Hotel away from the atrocities of war.

GRATITUDE: Thank you notes written by the Ukrainians to show their appreciation for the accommodation and assistance since they arrived to Killarney.




A year on, they are settled and say that the hospitality they've received helped them to "feel the beauty of life again".

This week they said that good friendly relations developed between the hotel team and the Ukrainians and have offered their gratitude to the Innisfallen Hotel team for their kind hospitality in Fossa.

Jane Omelchenko and Alevtyna Rutto edited a touching video about Ukrainians staying there, ordered a cake for the hotel team and hosted a thank you party.

“Our journey through Ireland actually started 22 of March 2022 to the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa, Killarney. I will never forget this address because it has literally become our second home. We are treated here like the tourists, but we're feeling here like a family. I'm sure none of us could ever imagine we'll end up here, 3,331km from our homeland. We've experienced here a lot of memorable moments: birthdays, celebrations, children laughing - all that we had almost lost because of the war. But Innisfallen team helped us to feel the beauty of life again. You gave us hope and continue to do it every day with your smiles, support and kindness. Dear Misja Herfurt, George Saaray, Maeve O’Connell, Sheila Casey, Eilis, Patrick, Margaurette, Ivona, Katarzyna, Joan, Roderick and all team, we hope one day we will have a chance to repay you for everything you have given us. When Ukraine will win, you're welcome to come. And be sure, now, you have a host in almost every city in Ukraine,” Alevtyna Rutto said.

"We held a thank you evening for the hotel staff to tell them that we appreciate and notice everything they do for us. When we went to Ireland a year ago, we were prepared to live in tents. People were scared, they took as many warm things as they could but we were given real housing; great accommodation with great staff. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, dear Innisfallen family!" Jane Omelchenko added.

"For a year now, every day we feel that Innisfallen is a place of comfort, as if you have come to visit close friends or relatives. Every day the staff greets us warmly. I am very grateful to the entire team, led by George,
for their attention, kindness and love for us! These are professionals in their field! And above all, these are people with a big heart!" Yaroslava Shkurko added.

Veronica Oliynikova concluded that from the first day of their stay at the hotel, the staff did not stop supporting them and provided assistance in every possible way.

"It is difficult to imagine a friendlier, hospitable, kind team than the staff of the Innisfallen Hotel. I can't express how grateful we all are to them!”



Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]




On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]




Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.

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