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Killarney Crafty Ladies for Kerry Hospice

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Killarney Crafty Ladies are at it again this year raising funds for the Kerry Hospice.

All proceeds will go to the Kerry Hospice Foundation. Pictured at the International Hotel were L-R Betty Benson Peg Coffey Eilish O'Sullivan Margaret McCarthy Honor Doyle and Bríd O'Donoghue. Picture Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The Killarney Crafty Ladies were established in 2013 when a group of eight friends (Betty Benson. Peg Coffey, Honor Doyle, Margaret McCarthy, Kate O’Connor,Brid O’Donoghue, Eilish O’Sullivan. Colette Sorensen ) came together to raise funds for Kerry Hospice Foundation and Palliative Care.

The aim was to “rescue” Teddy Bears from Charity shops in Kerry,  Cork, Limerick and as far as Galway.
The bears are then given a complete makeover.

The Craft group meet once a month where they knit, sew, and treat the preloved bears to stylish new outfits ready for sales at Halloween and Christmas.

“The revamped Teddy Bears make the ideal birthday, christening or Christmas gift, ranging in price from €5 to €20. They will be for sale at Killarney Outlet Centre on three Saturdays in the run to Christmas [November 25], December 2 and December 9].

We raised €2,000 last year and to date over €25,000 has been raised for this very worthy cause and there is a donation box available at the Outlet Centre,” said Killarney Crafty Ladies founder Margaret McCarthy.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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