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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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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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