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Killarney Gardai to brew up support to help their youngest colleague, Ceejay

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Sgt Dermot O'Connell, Garda Gillian MacEoin and Superintendent Flor Murphy with Orla O'Driscoll, Killarney Plaza Hotel, launching the Garda Coffee morning at The Killarney Plaza Hotel. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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KILLARNEY GARDAÍ opened their hearts to the youngest honorary member of the force, Ceejay McArdle, when they discovered the four-year-old dreams of being a garda when he grows up.

Like police forces across the globe, the Killarney officers were determined to stretch out the hand of friendship to Ceejay and his family as the youngster bravely battles illness.

Now Killarney Gardaí have issued an invitation to everyone to join them as they host a coffee morning in the Window Bar in the Killarney Plaza Hotel tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, from 10.30am. “We are hoping to raise funds for our newest and smallest member of An Garda Síochána,” said Garda Gillian Mac Eoin who together with Superintendent Flor Murphy and Sergeant Dermot O’Connell have pulled out all the stops to brew up support for Ceejay.

The four-year-old boy, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago and has been undergoing treatment for cancer in St John’s Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, for the last two years. “We can only imagine how traumatic such treatment is on such a little man,” said Garda Mac Eoin.

Ceejay has always had a huge interest in the Gardaí and police work. "It is not even make-believe with him, if you were to ask Ceejay whether he would like to be a guard when he grows up he would tell you, 'but I already am a guard!'," his dad Marcus McArdle told Killarney Advertiser.

In light of the treatment he was undergoing, An Garda Siochána and police forces around the world have been sending Ceejay “get well soon” messages in an effort to cheer him up. “Ceejay started to become a little celebrity mascot for police forces all over the world,” added Garda Mac Eoin.

An Garda Síochána really took Ceejay under their wing. “Ceejay now has his own official Garda uniform, custom made to fit him and earlier this year he ‘graduated’ from the Garda college in Templemore, being made an honorary member of the force by Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan who was also in attendance,” said Sergeant Dermot O’Connell.

He is embracing his role and has been seen accompanying other members of the Gardaí doing traffic stops, issuing tickets and even assisting in arrests (all set up especially for Ceejay, no members of the public are being prosecuted!).

Tomorrow’s coffee morning is being organised by many other stations across the country at the same date and time. “Listowel and Tralee Garda Stations are also hosting a similar coffee morning in their districts,” said Superintendent Flor Murphy.

Gardai decided to host the coffee mornings to generate funds towards sending Ceejay and his parents to New York so that he can take up an invitation from the NYPD to march in the St Patrick’s Day parade with his Garda and NYPD colleagues.

Garda Mac Eoin added: “We would like to extend an invitation to everyone in Killarney to come along to the Window Bar in the Killarney Plaza hotel (upstairs) and join us for a cup of coffee or tea and some scones or cakes, all of which have been kindly donated from local businesses in Killarney. All funds generated from this coffee morning will go direct to the Ceejay St Patrick’s Day fund.”
 


 
Above: Sergeant Dermot O'Connell, Garda Gillian Mac Eoin and Superintendent Flor Murphy with Orla O'Driscoll, Killarney Plaza Hotel, launching the Garda Coffee morning at The Killarney Plaza Hotel. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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