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Killarney staff raise €40,000 for Ian O’Connell’s trust fund

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Staff from The Killarney Park Hotel have raised €40,000 for the Ian O’Connell Trust after participating in the annual Ring of Kerry Cycle.

The inspirational Killarney teenager suffered life-changing injures in a freak cycling accident in 2017.

Since then he has been promoting a well-being lifestyle through his ‘if you can’t stand up, stand out’ mantra.

The owners, management and staff of the hotel said they were determined to do all they could to help out their colleague, Ian O’Connell.

“When the Ian O’Connell Trust was added as one of the official charities for the 2018 Ring of Kerry Cycle it was only natural that we dedicated our fundraising efforts towards this goal,” said Operations Manager, Marcus Treacy, who along with 15 of his colleagues took part in the cycle last July.

“As well as raising sponsorship individually, we contacted all of our suppliers and asked if they could donate and we were blown away by the response. We also received many very generous donations from our guests and in total, we raised €40,000, which we hope will help Ian in his rehabilitation. He has truly been an inspiration to all of us here at the hotel.”

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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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