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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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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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