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Kerry charities receive €121,008 from Radio Kerry Bingo

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Four very worthy charities, which provide vital support to cancer patients and their families, between them will share the proceeds of €121,008.

DONATION: John O'Sullivan (Radio Kerry) pictured with Jack Shanahan (Chairman Fundraising Kerry Hospice/Palliative Care) handing over a cheque from the proceeds from the Radio Kerry Bingo.

PROCEEDS: John O'Sullivan (Radio Kerry) pictured with Michael Moynihan (Recovery Haven Board Member) Marisa Reidy (Marketing & PR Recovery Haven) and Cathal Walshe (Service user Recovery Haven) handing over a cheque from the proceeds from the Radio Kerry Bingo.

Kerry Cancer Support Group, Kerry Hospice, Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House and Comfort for Chemo Kerry were gifted the donation from the Radio Kerry Radio Bingo game.

Following a hiatus of many years Radio Kerry reintroduced the popular Radio Bingo game in May 2021 at a time when many live events and especially charity fundraisers were on hold due to the pandemic.

Radio Kerry worked with the four charities in July 2020 on a one day fundraiser called Celebrate4Life which raised over €135,000. They were then offered the opportunity to partner with the station on the Radio Bingo game. In total €256,000 has been raised by the people of Kerry, facilitated by Radio Kerry, for the four charities.

“We are lucky to live in a place with a strong sense of community," General Manager of Radio Kerry, Fiona Stack, said.

"The shareholders in Radio Kerry are all local businesses and organisations and are fully committed to any funds raised by the Radio Bingo being passed on to support local charities."

Breda Dyland of Kerry Cancer Support Group said Radio Kerry Bingo came at just the right time for Kerry Cancer Support Group.

"We were coming out of what had been a very difficult time during COVID when all fundraising had almost come to a halt," she said.

"The bingo raised not only vital funds but awareness too. The majority of the funding has been ringfenced for a new wheelchair accessible bus for our Cork route. We were lucky to receive €100k in funding but have to raise another €90k to buy the vehicle. Thanks to everyone who continues to support. It really means a great deal to the team and most of all to our service users.”

Jack Shanahan, Chairman of the Kerry Hospice Foundation said they are delighted to accept this substantial amount from Radio Kerry.

“Along with supporting our regular palliative care services, the extra money will be spent helping employ two new full-time advanced nurse practitioners. They will provide much needed extra clinical support for our extremely busy units.”

Marisa Reidy, PR & Marketing Officer, Recovery Haven Kerry added that they are "absolutely blown away by the generosity and goodwill of the people of Kerry" and that they want to "thank them for their support of Radio Kerry Bingo".

"We hope they know just how much we appreciate their support and never take it for granted. Meanwhile, the team at Radio Kerry have been such wonderful supporters of our charity from day one, and we are so grateful that they thought so highly of us - and the other cancer support services in Kerry - to include us in this year’s Radio Kerry Bingo. The funds raised surpassed all our expectations and will go a huge way in allowing us to support those affected by cancer and their families.”

Mary Fitzgerald, Chairperson Comfort for Chemo Kerry added that the funds raised will go towards continuing fundraising to help build, equip and provide comfort for patients undergoing chemotherapy in a state-of-the-art chemotherapy unit within the grounds of UHK.

BINGO

As well as the weekly jackpot there is a daily prize of €400 for players who fill a panel on the daily page. Numbers are broadcast five times per day on Radio Kerry as well as being posted on Radio Kerry Facebook and Instagram Stories daily. Books are €5 each available from over 70 outlets countywide. Radio Kerry does not benefit financially from the Radio Bingo game.

€70,395 in prize money has been won by players, €43,995 in daily prizes and two Jackpot wins of €13,800 and €12,600.

The Radio Kerry Radio Bingo game is now in its second year and proceeds from the game continue to be distributed equally among the four charity partners Kerry Cancer Support Group, Kerry Hospice, Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House and Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

For more details on Radio Kerry Radio Bingo and a list of participating shops where books can be purchased are available on www.radiokerry.ie/bingo.

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Wedding open day at the Kenmare Bay

The Kenmare Bay Hotel is hosting a wedding open day on Sunday. The event will run from 2pm to 5pm and couples planning on tieing the knot in the future […]

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The Kenmare Bay Hotel is hosting a wedding open day on Sunday.

The event will run from 2pm to 5pm and couples planning on tieing the knot in the future are invited to meet the hotel’s wedding planning team.

New for 2023 is the recently refurbished Banqueting Suite.

“See our new table arrangements and sample our new menu options, tour our hotel facilities and accommodation options,” said the hotel’s wedding manager Alan Donnery.

“Appointments are advised to ensure you get to speak to a member of the wedding team on the day,”

Every attendee will get a ‘Lucky Dip’ wedding prizes on the day.

“Make a night of it with our VIP Wedding Experience including overnight stay, wedding fayre evening meal chosen by our head chef, sparkling wine, late lazy checkout and more,” added Alan.

For more information call Alan or Síle today on 064 6679300, email alan@kenmarebayhotel.com or go to www.kenmarebayhotel.com.

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Ghost hunter’s video goes viral

By Michelle Crean They have a love of things that go bump in the night – and it seems the public do too – as a Killarney man’s ghost hunting […]

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By Michelle Crean

They have a love of things that go bump in the night – and it seems the public do too – as a Killarney man’s ghost hunting video has gone viral.

PJ O’Sullivan from Púca Vogue Paranormal Ireland and his ghost busting team posted a video online around Christmas time, but it was only over the last two weeks that it went viral – clocking up 1.9 million views and over 2k likes on Facebook.

“We were naturally shocked ourselves at this,” PJ, who is originally from Gneeveguilla but lives in St Mary’s Terrace in town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

The video was taken in Redwood Castle in, Lorrha, Co Tipperary in October when the Irish paranormal investigator invited like-minded people to the location for Hallowe’en.

PJ, who has been a paranormal investigator for over 15 years, set up Púca Vogue Paranormal Ireland three years ago and works alongside his son Leo and his partner Eva Walsh.

In the clip, Eva and Liz Kelleher are in the background with singer/songwriter Rebecca McRedmond front and centre.

“On the night we had a total of 10 people in the castle for the lockdown investigation including our own Rory Murphy and Veronika Slomiany,” he said.

“It was filmed on the ground floor inside the main entrance area. It was a Hallowe’en paranormal investigation where we had guests including Damien O’Rourke from Cuppa Tea TV.

“We were investigating the ground floor. It was filmed in total darkness and Rebecca had felt a touch as we started and shortly in this clip she felt another touch at her leg. Eva had also commented the room had now felt tense, so on review of the footage we can see what we believe is her dress floating outward, and on inspection both her ankles show her feet were on the ground; there was no drafts, and it tied in with the experience so we shared that clip.”

He added that they share clips from investigations but let people decide for themselves what it is that they see.

“We share what we believe we capture and this is just a few minutes as a part of the whole night as we investigate the castle over all floors usually from around 9.30pm to 4am with breaks and we have up to five cameras recording in 50 minute segments continuously which we download after for review. But as you can imagine with full-time jobs and life it takes time to review all the footage so we mix what we do with pictures and sites of interest. We are non-profit on all events. We had done Leap Castle the previous night, this is claimed as Ireland’s most haunted castle and again shared the experience, but this is the reel that just took off on Facebook which has us surprised, but we are all very proud of Púca Vogue Paranormal.

“This is not our first capture from this castle as we have previously shared on their social media, we experienced more on the night which we will share at future dates.”

To see the video go to our Facebook page: Púca Vogue Paranormal Investigations.

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