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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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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

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The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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