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Killarney businesses support little Chloe’s cancer battle

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APPEAL: Kieran Donaghy pictured with Chloe and her parents Deborah O'Connor and Gareth Jenkins.

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney businesses have rallied around the family of a little sick girl who is battling a very rare neuroblastoma and further plans are in place for a fundraising quiz night to help offset the costs of her specialist treatment in Germany.

The family of 22-month-old Chloe Jenkins are organising a quiz night on Friday, November 22, to raise much needed funds for the brave toddler. It will take place at the Killarney Avenue Hotel at 8.30pm.

Little Chole, whose mom Denise comes from Killorglin, was featured in the Killarney Advertiser in August and again in September when football legend Kieran Donaghy donated his Sky television fee during Kerry’s All-Ireland title bid.

“Since then, after completing six rounds of intensive chemotherapy, Chloe has undergone major surgery to remove 85 percent of the cancer, along with her left kidney,” her aunt Helen Kelly told the Killarney Advertiser.
“The remaining tumour is entwined around major blood vessels and organs so cannot be removed surgically. Radiotherapy isn’t a good option for Chloe as she is only 22-months-old and the fact that she has only one kidney.”

Chloe is currently in the Essen clinic in Germany being assessed and will travel back to Germany later in the month for several weeks of specialist Proton Beam Therapy that will specifically target the remaining tumour and prevent damage to her remaining kidney and other organs.

Helen said the family were overwhelmed with the support they have received from the business community in Killarney since they went public with their fundraising efforts in late August.

So far staff and management at the Aran Sweater Market, Sceal Eile Café, Breda Hughes Jewellery and Hegarty’s Spar on the Park Road have all made contributions or organised events to raise funds.

“I would specially like to mention Valerie from Hegarty’s. Staff and customers of her shop were one of the first to donate. They raised €2,200 and to get that kind of money from someone we don’t even know is overwhelming and told us that this fundraising can work,” she added.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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