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Kerry fundraiser to highlight the plight of homeless people

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AS THE rain pelts down this afternoon, spare a thought for those among us who have literally no shelter and no homes to go to. Their plight will be highlighted by a special charity event, Under the Elements, in Tralee this weekend.

Five local ladies, Marion Coffey, Julie Fitzpatrick, Charlene Tydings, Marilyn O’Shea and Tina Lonergan, have organised Under the Elements, in which they and fellow fundraisers will sleep outside. The event will support Arlington Lodge, Kerry’s only homeless shelter, and it will be held in Pearse Park, Tralee, tomorrow, September 10, from 6pm to 6am.

The cost is €10 per adult and €5 for a teenager. “Members of the Civil Defence, as well as security and community guards will be present on the night also to keep everyone safe and sound,” said Marion Coffey.

“This Sunday, September 11, we will be having our family fun day in the square where comic book heroes and Chapter 2 will be taking to the stage to perform.”

Kingdom Party Pals and facepainters will be on hand while a raffle for covetable prizes donated by Kerry businesses will also be on the agenda. “People have been so good in supporting this event. All money raised will be used by Arlington Lodge to renovate a house for a person with disabilities,” said Marion.

“We want to highlight the homelessness issue which is getting much worse and make people realise that homelessness can happen for many reasons such as family breakdown, mental health problems, abuse in the family and minor learning disabilities, as well as addiction and alcoholism. The organisers are sponsored by Pro Fitness, Tralee.
 


 
Above: Marion Coffey, Julie Fitzpatrick, Charlene Tydings, Marilyn O’Shea and Tina Lonergan.

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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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