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Jana says “thank you” for the support

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By Michelle Crean

A local business woman who appealed for support following a devastating tornado in her home country has thanked the people of Killarney for their support.

Jana Lalikova was left shaken after a devastating tornado struck South Moravia in the Czech Republic two months ago. Feeling helpless, she appealed to the people of Killarney town to support her with a fundraiser to help families rebuild their lives.

The tornado swept through several villages, killing five people and leaving more than 150 injured, as well as homes, schools and businesses in need of serious repair.

Not only did she immediately set up a GoFundMe page but also added a donation box at the counter in her rehabilitation and physiotherapy practice at the Perfect Therapy Clinic at the Reeks Gateway, and says she has been overwhelmed by the support.

To date she has raised €1,333.33, over €900 from the clinic and over €400 via the online fundraising site.

"I wanted to help," Jana, who has been living in Ireland for more than 13 years, told the Killarney Advertiser.
"I wanted to support a specific family but after two months people have had the main repairs done. I contacted friends who gave me a family and the man said that it's the schools that now need help as the houses were fixed first during the summer."

So, liaising with the man and school principal Michal Besta, they decided to donate the funds to a preschool and school in Mikulcice to help rebuild the green area for the children to enjoy the outdoors once again.

"He said that they had a lovely park for outdoors and now they have nothing. They will now use the money to create an outdoor space and plant trees and use the area for education. I found it a nice idea."

And she added, if the people from Killarney who donated visit the Czech Republic they can call to see the replanted area.

"A big thank you to everybody who helped with this project, I really appreciate it."

The GoFundMe page 'Help people in Czech Republic after tornado' will remain active for a few more weeks and those who'd like to contribute can still do so, she added.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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