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Kerry Gardaí all set to have a ball

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The Kerry Division of An Garda Síochána have announced details of a historic Black Tie Gala Ball which will be held in the Killarney Oaks Hotel on Friday, April 13.

The Garda Dress Dance was a much-loved annual tradition for decades but no event of its kind has been held in Kerry since 1992.

Under the direction of Chief Superintendent Tom Myers, this grand old ritual is being revived once again and the organisers are hoping for a great turnout on the night.

The event is open to everyone and tickets, which are priced at €65 each, are available from any member of the Kerry Garda Black Tie Gala Ball committee in any Garda Station in Kerry.

There will be a champagne and canapé reception from 6.30pm, followed by a five-course, sit-down meal.

After the food, award-winning local band Truly Diverse will have everyone on their feet and dancing well into the night.

There will also be some fabulous spot prizes - kindly donated by many generous businesses all over Kerry - up for grabs, and a professional photographer will be on hand to capture all the glitz and glamour.

It promises to be a wonderful night and one that’s not to be missed.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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