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Kerry stories shared at Motor Neurone meeting

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CHEQUE PRESENTATION: Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone Disease Chairman Christy Lehane presented a cheque for €11,250 to Marie Reavey (Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association Regional Development Officer) in the Killarney Plaza Hotel on Thursday night last week. Also seated are: Tom MacDonnell (left) and Pat Kelleher (right). Back from left are: Nora Murphy, Denis Russell, Mary Lehane, Paddy O'Keeffe and Sheila Casey. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

There was lots of important information and advice at a recent public information meeting for those living with the effects of Motor Neurone Disease.

The well attended meeting, hosted by Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone, took place in the Killarney Plaza Hotel on Thursday last week.

The theme of the meeting was ‘Telling Kerry’s Story’ of people’s association with Motor Neurone Disease, explained Christy Lehane, Chairman Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone.

“Following a short introduction the meeting was addressed by Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Regional Development Officer, Marie Reavey, who informed the meeting of the work the Association does for Motor Neurone sufferers like providing home visits by MND nurses, providing financial assistance towards home care, provision of specialised medical equipment and funding for counselling and research. Marie also informed the meeting that 86 percent of their annual budget is reliant on fundraising and explaining where this money is spent.”

Alan MacDonnell, formerly from Kilgarvan, gave a very moving account of his mother Mary’s seven year battle with MND.

Doctor Dominika Lisiecka, a Speech and Language Therapist, addressed the meeting and told in simple language of her interactions with Motor Neurone patients stating that something as simple as listening to the patient does make a huge difference in understanding MND, not alone for the patient but for the doctor also.

Rathmore man John O’Neill told the meeting of his wife Bridie’s association with MND which in Bridie’s case was a short illness. Never the less she did not let it curtail her love of holidays and travel, and Bridie was active up until the end.

“We had a video presentation from Derrynane native John O’Donoghue, currently residing in Brisbane, Australia. John told the meeting of his Motor Neurone journey and included a video of his visit home earlier this year.

IMNDA specialist Nurse Katie Kinsella was the final speaker on the night and she outlined her work with MND sufferers and their families.

In conclusion, Christy read an email he received from Andy McGovern from Leitrim, who happens to be the world’s longest MND sufferer, having lived with the disease for 41 years.

“Andy is a true IMNDA ambassador and is always on hand to listen and help other Motor Neurone sufferers. Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone hope that the meeting was of some help and enlightenment to people,” he said.

 

 

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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