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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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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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