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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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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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