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Kerry to roll out the red carpet for Féile Peil na nÓg

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Kerry FŽeile Peil na nOg and FŽeile na nGael participant Amy O'Sullivan being presented with a commemorative jersey by John West ambassadors Philly McMahon, left, and Danny Sutcliffe and Edwina Keane, Kilkenny camogie player, at the John West FŽile National Skills Star Challenge 2016, at the in the National Games Development Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin. PICTURE: PAUL MOHAN/SPORTSFILE

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL has joined forces with sports enthusiasts across the county to issue a warm welcome to the estimated 70,000 people who will visit Kerry and neighbouring counties over the course of the annual Féile Peil na nÓg, which takes place next weekend, from June 24 to 26.

The elected members of Kerry County Council recently announced funding under the Community Support Fund towards the hosting of the event which will see 125 GAA clubs – most of them in Kerry – hosting clubs from around the country for the annual underage football tournament.

The cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Pat McCarthy, extended a warm welcome to all the teams who will participate.

“With almost 70,000 people expected at almost 700 matches around the county and in Cork and Limerick, this is an enormous sporting event. Kerry GAA clubs have been working hard to prepare for the Féile and I wish it every success,” he said.

In addition to the allocation towards Féile Peil na nÓg, Kerry County Council has also provided support to over 60 community, sport and physical activity projects under this year’s Community Support Fund.

Niamh O’Sullivan, head of the community department at Kerry County Council, confirmed that councillors approved over €50,000 under this year’s Community Support Fund to support projects that focus on increasing participation in sport and physical activity.


Kerry Féile Peil na nÓg and Féile na nGael participant Amy O’Sullivan being presented with a commemorative jersey by John West ambassadors Philly McMahon, left, and Danny Sutcliffe and Edwina Keane, Kilkenny camogie player, at the John West Féile National Skills Star Challenge 2016, at the National Games Development Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin.
PICTURE: PAUL MOHAN/SPORTSFILE

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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