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Killarney biker provides rapid response for those in need

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DELIVERY: Fiona O'Carroll dropping off Denis Tagney's weekly shopping. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney motorcycle enthusiast is providing vital support to vulnerable people in her community by delivering meals and medicines.

Fiona Carroll from Mill Road has been riding a motorcycle for 10 years after the annual Killarney BikeFest on her doorstep sparked a new interest in the hobby she chose to mark her 40th birthday.

“I lost my husband to cancer over 10 years ago, he was diagnosed on his 40th birthday so I wanted to do something special on mine. I went to the festival, asked could I go for a passenger ride on one of the bikes and that is where it all started."

Fiona’s son Daniel is a member of Killarney Legion GAA Club and the famous town team is a member of the Kerry County Council supported Kerry Public Participation Network (KPPN), an umbrella group for sporting and volunteer organisations in the county.

When the Council set up its COVID-19 Community Response Forum, every club with the PPN was automatically included.

“My son plays football with the club, I am not even a member, but the club is very good at pulling in people when they need people to help. They know I did other charity work on the bike and that is how I got called in,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Fiona is a regular participant in the annual Christmas Charity Motorbike toy run which is organised by motorcycle clubs in Killarney and Tralee.

The Mill Road woman uses her Harley Davidson Road King to collect shopping and medicine for local people who are currently cocooning.

“All of the people I am helping are within my own 2km,” she added. “Legion got this off the ground very quickly and I now have regulars who call me direct and I can respond to their needs."

A typical day for Fiona would involve fielding phone calls from her regulars and working out what needs to done or what needs to be collected in town.

“One lady out in Muckross rang me to collect shopping and a prescription but I was able to get all that done in the one run,” she added. “I know what it's like, my own parents are cocooning in Wexford and I just want to help people when I can. “

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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