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Killarney girls offer designer handbag to raise funds for Chloe

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HELPING CHLOE: Lisa Sheahan (left) and Meadbh McSweeney (right) have donated a designer Prada handbag to help raise funds for ‘Chloe’s Journey’.

 

A fundraising effort for little Chloe Jenkins, a toddler who is battling Neuroblastoma - a very rare and aggressive form of child cancer - has been launched by two Killarney girls who are giving away a Prada designer handbag as part of a Christmas giveaway.

Lisa Sheahan and Meadbh McSweeney started the initiative online in recent weeks to raise much needed funds via GoFundMe page: Chloe’s Journey.

The two friends, who work with Chloe's uncle Paddy, were so taken by Chloe's story and how she is bravely battling childhood cancer that they wanted to help.

The limited edition designer Prada handbag is worth over €1,200 and the draw will take place next week on Thursday, December 17. To be in with a chance of winning the girls are asking people to donate the minimum GoFundMe amount of €5 to Chloe’s Journey GoFundMe page.

"We'd been following Chloe's story on social media and just wanted to do something for her and her family,"
Lisa said. "It'd just melt your heart to see her having to go through so much."

Chloe lives in Cork with mom Deborah from Killorglin, and dad Gareth from Dublin.
In March 2019, Chloe was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma which is one of the hardest cancers to cure. Chloe’s Journey was set up to generate funds to help with Chloe’s ongoing care and treatment.
Chloe had surgery in September 2019 which removed her left kidney and 85 percent of the tumour. In December Chloe travelled to Germany for specialist proton therapy to target the remaining tumour entwined around major organs and blood vessels.

In January this year Chloe began a six month intensive immunotherapy treatment. However, in July Deborah and Gareth received the devastating news that Chloe’s cancer had regrown. Chloe has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy over this past number of months to try to treat the aggressive cancer. Chloe’s next round of chemotherapy will start on December 18 and finish on Christmas Eve – so hopefully she will be home in time for Santy.

Any funds raised for Chloe's Journey will be used to alleviate the financial stress for Deborah and Gareth so that they can focus on her treatment and be by her side. Funds raised will help alleviate some of the financial costs associated with caring for a seriously ill child, and if the need arises to travel abroad at a later stage for further specialist treatment.

"Seeing how brave Chloe is and how she continues to smile through it all just made us want to help in any way we could. She's so adorable and is a real little warrior," Meadbh added.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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