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Kerry GAA Star Aidan O’Mahony raising awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young

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Five-time All-Ireland winning Kerry footballer and CRY Ireland ambassador Aidan O’Mahony is gearing up for another remarkable journey as he prepares to conquer the iconic Camino de Santigo.

This venture is more than just a personal challenge for the Rathmore Garda; it's a heartfelt initiative to raise crucial funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY Ireland). The ‘Camino For CRY’ fundraising trip will commence on the September 6.

Joining Aidan on the trip is CRY Trustee Liam Herlihy. In 2011, Liam sadly lost his daughter Niamh as a result of Sudden Cardiac Death at just 21 years old. Ever since, Liam and his family are screened regularly at the CRY Centre and work tirelessly to raise funds to support the charity. Aidan and Liam are asking people to join them this September and help raise funds for CRY.

"The Camino trip provides an avenue to escape and detach from reality. It serves as a space to commune with nature while simultaneously delving into an adventure of self-discovery and focusing on personal well-being. The journey becomes even more meaningful as it contributes to raising funds for CRY Ireland,” said O’Mahony.

“Leading the team on two previous occasions in 2019 and 2022, I witnessed the start of lifelong friendships and was profoundly touched by the stories shared by those impacted by Sudden Cardiac Death, highlighting the invaluable support provided by CRY. I am excited to participate yet again this year and extend an invitation for others to join me on this meaningful endeavour."

CRY Ireland provides assistance to individuals and families impacted by Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) and those living with inherited cardiac conditions. Support is extended through our family support programme. CRY also offers a freephone helpline, which provides a compassionate listening ear to those affected by these cardiac issues across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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