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Kay to be remembered during fundraising walk

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By Michelle Crean 

Last year's fundraiser in memory of a much loved Killarney woman raised a massive €13,000 - and her family and friends are all set to do it again this month.

WALK: Sean and Jenny McCarthy pictured during last year's '3k for Kay' fundraising walk which takes place next week.

The '3k for Kay' walk takes place on Sunday April 24 from Navé coffee and includes a loop around Ross Castle and back to Navé after for coffees/teas and refreshments.

It leaves at 10am sharp and everyone is invited to come along and join in and wear Kay's favourite colour blue. 

Kay was a very much loved member of staff in the accounts office in Daly's SuperValu for 25 years and also worked in Pretty Polly before that. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with stomach cancer which she so bravely fought but sadly died on April 25, 2017 a day after her birthday. 

"She was always there for everyone and was that wife, mom, sister, friend and aunt that always gave an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on," her daughter Jenny McCarthy told the Killarney Advertiser.

"She was the heart of our family, she left behind so many memories and will be forever missed dearly. She fought hard until the very end."

Last year's '3k for Kay' was done virtually due to COVID and Kay's family and friends were overwhelmed to raise to €13,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

"We were blown away. The Irish Cancer Society gave us so much support and guidance over the years, we were thrilled to be able to give back. We are so thankful to all that took part."

Donation buckets will be available on the day or people can donate on justgiving.ie website '3K FOR KAY- In Memory of Kay McCarthy'.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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