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“It was all very traumatic” – Mother and children safe following car fire

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By Michelle Crean

A mother and her two young children are this week recovering after jumping to safety when their car burst into flames while heading towards Killarney.

AFTER: The car after Emergency Services brought the flames under control.

Elaine O'Connor and her sons, Joshua, who was celebrating his eight birthday when the frightening incident occurred, and Lee (7) watched on terrified and shocked at the side of the road on the Killarney side of Farranfore as the Hyundai i40 they had been travelling in moments before became engulfed in flames.

Two fire appliances - one from Castleisland and the other from Killarney - and Gardai rushed to the scene after being called out on Thursday evening last.

It was quickly brought under control by the fire personnel while a kind nurse and two off duty Gardai comforted the family.

"It literally happened so quick, thank God we came out of it," Elaine, who is this week still getting over the shock, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It was terrifying."

Elaine, who is living in Castleisland, explained how she was travelling up the hill on the way to her home place in Kilcummin.

"I was going towards Killarney, climbing up the hill when the battery light came on. It just died and smoke came out. The smoke got very heavy very fast and the fire just started. My boys were in the back and we jumped out. I saw plastic dripping on the road. A nurse stopped and helped and she rang the fire brigade. Two off duty Gardai came to help and the nurse looked after the boys while I spoke to them. Then another garda came and they helped arrange to have the car taken away. It was all very traumatic, they [the boys] got a really bad fright but we got out and everyone is ok thank God."

She added that she's so grateful for the support of the Emergency Services.

"I just want to thank everyone that was involved."

 

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Kerry v Cork match day parking

  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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