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Killarney makes a splash in aid of Aware

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IT FIRST made a splash eight years ago and in that time the Christmas Day dip at Dundag has generated just over €40,000 for depression support charity Aware.

Niki McCarthy, Tiernaboul, who started the event in memory of her sister Sylvan Money, presented the proceeds of the most recent event, €5359, to Dolores Gallagher of Aware this week. “The day was a great success despite the weather which included high wind and heavy rain,” Niki told Killarney Advertiser.

“We had over 100 participants, which is the highest number so far. I would like to thank the lifeguards Derek and Conor O'Leary and the Order of Malta for providing first aid cover. It means so much to me that these people give their time on Christmas Day to support the dip and without them it would not be possible.”

Dolores said the funds will go towards supports provided by Aware in Kerry. “In Kerry we have two support groups as well as education programmes,” said Dolores. “The support groups are for people with experience of stress, anxiety depression and mood-related conditions. It is a free service, no referral is needed and no booking is required.”

The Killarney support group meets in the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service centre in Fairhill, on Mondays from 8pm to 9pm, while the Tralee venue is the parish centre, St John’s Church, on Tuesdays, 8pm to 9pm.
 


 
Niki McCarthy presents the proceeds of the Christmas Day dip at Dundag to Dolores Gallagher, Aware.

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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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