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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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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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