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Killarney Celtic nets a car winner in FAI National draw

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CAR PRIZE: Tom Long was the lucky winner of a brand new Ford Fiesta in the FAI National Club Draw after he purchased his ticket at The Killarney Outlet Centre where Killarney Celtic FC and Killarney Celtic Football for All members were selling tickets for the past few months. From left are: Padraig Sweeney (Killarney Autos), Tom Long (winner), Paul Sherry, (Killarney Celtic Chairman), Jerry Falvey, Jane O'Donoghue, Dylan Falvey, Linda Clifford, and Keelan and Sarah O'Donoghue. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

Lucky winner Tom Long was overjoyed to learn he’s the proud winner of a new Ford Fiesta in the FAI National Club Draw.

 

Tom’s winning ticket was purchased at The Killarney Outlet Centre where, for the last number of months, members from Killarney Celtic FC and Killarney Celtic Football for All have been selling tickets to raise funds for the club. Tom, originally from Inch and now living in Roscommon, bought five tickets and won the car in the Munster section of the draw. He also had another winning ticket which he had allocated to his sister who won two tickets to an Ireland game at the Aviva Stadium.

 

“I can’t believe my luck, I was on a visit to Killarney, saw the car draw and thought I’d chance my luck,” he said. “I  am over the moon with my win and am grateful to Killarney Celtic FC and the FAI.”

The FAI National Club Draw is an annual draw that assists grassroots clubs with their fundraising efforts. The prizes are provided by the FAI through the generosity of their sponsors and clubs can retain a substantial percentage of the money raised to invest in developing their programmes.

Mike Lyne, Director of Football at Killarney Celtic, congratulated Tom on his win and thanked all the people who supported the draw. Mike also wished to thank Padraig Sweeney from Killarney Autos for allowing one of their New Ford Fiestas to be on show throughout the fundraising period at Killarney Outlet Centre.

 

 

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By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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