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THINK PINK: Ladies from Kilcummin are planning a pink night for 'Comfort for Chemo'. Pictured front l-r were: Kathleen Ryan, Carmel O'Riordan, Kate Fleming and Mary O'Leary. Back l-r were: Susan Healy, Marie Brosnan, Teresa Casey and Eileen O'Leary. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Michelle Crean

Kilcummin ladies are calling on the public to ‘think pink’ this January to help raise funds to help those with cancer in Kerry.

 

‘Pink Night’ is the seventh annual event organised by the Kilcummin Ladies GAA committee – and they’ve raised over €12,000 to date for various local charities.

 

Now they’re ready to do it all again on Saturday, January 4 with an 8pm start in the Klub Bar Kilcummin.

 

This year all proceeds will be donated to ‘Comfort for Chemo’ in their bid to build a much needed new chemotherapy unit in University Hospital Kerry (UHK) to ensure comfort for the people of Kerry, Carmel O'Riordan,  Chairperson Kilcummin ladies committee, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

 

“It’s always a fun night,” she said. “The Klub Bar Kilcummin will be awash with pink on the night and as usual there will be a prize for the best pink outfit for ladies and gents. There will be live music followed by disco with plenty of party games, fun quiz and fantastic raffle prizes.”

 

Admission is free with great door prizes on offer including weekend breaks, hair vouchers and much more.

 

“Traditionally organised for Women’s Christmas ‘Pink Night’ welcomes everyone and indeed our men folk have been great supporters in the past. Cancer knows no boundaries and has struck a chord with us all. So gather all your friends and colleagues and come along for this usually enjoyable event.”

 

 

 

 

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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