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Killarney coffee morning brews up support for Daffodil Day

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NIGHT nurses and volunteer drivers who help make life that bit easier for Kerry cancer patients were out in force at a special coffee morning in the Killarney Towers Hotel today.

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae joined volunteers at the launch for the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, which takes place on March 24. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day, which generates crucial funds to help those affected by cancer.

The Killarney Daffodil Day Committee organised this morning’s event at which they were joined by their counterparts from Dingle, Caherciveen, Waterville, Tralee, Kenmare, Castleisland, Castlemaine, Glenbeigh, Sneem, Ballyheighue, Castlegregory, Listowel and Killorglin.

Addressing the gathering also was Eugene O’Sullivan, chairman of the Killarney Daffodil Day Committee and Mark Mellett, head of fundraising, Irish Cancer Society, who urged members of the public to show their support for cancer patients and their families on Daffodil Day.

Speakers also included Kerry Night Nurse Nancy Dineen, who provides care for cancer patients at the end of their life in their own home. Last year 77 cancer patients in Kerry received 369 nights of care through the Society’s Night Nursing service.

Ciaran O’Halloran, who has recently volunteered as a driver with the Society’s Volunteer Driver Service in Kerry, gave an overview of the free service which transports cancer patients to their chemotherapy appointments. In 2016 298 journeys were facilitated for 33 patients from Kerry.

Every three minutes in Ireland a person receives a cancer diagnosis. In order to provide information, support and care to people affected by cancer, the Irish Cancer Society needs to raise €3.98 million this year on Daffodil Day.

Nancy Dineen, Night Nurse from Kerry said: “When I go into a patient’s home I try to bring a sense of calmness, sensitivity, kindness and understanding with caring and comfort for the patients and their loved ones. The relief and reassurance expressed by families in the knowledge that their loved one is comfortable is evidence of the invaluable service of Night Nursing. It is a privilege and honour to be with a patient and family at such a precious time and funds raised on Daffodil Day allow me to do this.”

Eugene O’Sullivan, Chair of the Killarney Daffodil Day Committee, said: “Since 1988 €66m has been raised on Daffodil Day to support thousands of people affected by cancer. People of Kerry have been instrumental in raising these funds and we thank you for your staunch support to date. As cancer incidence increases, we need your support more than ever before to ensure no one in our community faces cancer alone. Please give what you can on Daffodil Day and make a difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families.”

To get involved in Daffodil Day contact 021 484 0597 or visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday
 


 
Above: Maria Doyle, John Doyle, Deputy Michael Healy-Rae and Sheila Morris.
PICTURE: KONRAD PAPROCKI

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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