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Volunteers organising Ukraine collections overwhelmed by Kerry support

By Michelle Crean

The overwhelming amount of donations pouring in from thousands countywide to help Ukrainian people has left organisers overwhelmed and extremely emotional this week.

Just five days ago Russia declared war on neighbouring country Ukraine leaving millions terrified for their lives, hundreds - including young children - dead, and millions fleeing to nearby countries seeking safe refuge.

A compassionate plea to the people of Kerry was made by Polish people living in Killarney, for practical donations to help those who left Ukraine with just the clothes on their backs, and donations are pouring in across different drop off points in Kerry including Killarney.

Practical items such as blankets, sleeping bags, camping mats, towels, shampoos, soap, shower gels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary towels, wet wipes, Pampers, toilet paper, dry food including rice, pasta, tinned fish, meat and vegetables, baby food, chocolate, tea, coffee, and sugar can be donated to the Killarney Methodist Church, Countess Road between 12 and 5pm this Saturday.

Konrad Paprocki, Iza Dian, Diana Sobas Gorka say the response so far “has been incredible”.

It's hoped that once sorted and packed up the goods will be moved to a local warehouse and ready for trucks to deliver to Warsaw in Poland early next week, ready to then be distributed along the Ukraine border.

“We just came up with an idea to help, it’s not political, it’s humanitarian. We were never prepared for the support we got,” Konrad told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I want to assure anyone I can that I will do everything within my power to get them [items donated] to Poland. We’re cooperating with the Polish Red Cross. The Irish Red Cross is separate and they are collecting money. We won’t accept any money.”

For any further items donated in the coming days they are asking that goods be boxed up but not sealed, and they also need donations of tape to seal up the boxes. They are asking also that food stuff be packed separate from medical items.

He added that Poland is very much “united with the world” when it comes to helping Ukraine and that he can’t thank the local people and the businesses enough who have offered so much help over the last few days.

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Iza fears Russian troops could move into Poland next and says she’s worried for her family.

“Poland could be next and I’m worried for my family. I have a 92-year-old nan. I was talking to my father yesterday who lives on the west side of Poland he said it’s very well organised in the big cities [helping Ukranians] but the amount of people there is shocking to him – but no one is left behind which is amazing.”

And speaking of Putin’s reign of terror, Konrad said what Putin is doing is just evil.

“If someone threatened to use nuclear weapons against the world like he did yesterday (Monday) – he is crazy. We’re doing everything we can to help Ukrainian people. The biggest evil is Putin who started the war himself.”

Further donations can be made this week and can be dropped off locally to:

Killarney Moment Academy, 49 New Street Killarney

The Polish Shop ‘Mroz’, Unit 3 Park Place Killarney,  

The Polish Shop ‘Pewex’, Unit 2, Central Point, Park Rd Killarney.

Collections are also being arranged at the reception area of Killarney Garda Station.

Donations can also be dropped this Saturday night at the Scotts Lakers game in the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.

Any items which cannot go to Poland will be auctioned on the Facebook page 'Kerry for Ukraine' with funding going to the people of Ukraine or items will be dropped to local charity shops, he added.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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