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Killarney team helps Boots raise over a million for Irish Cancer Society

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BOOTS IRELAND today announced that its staff and customers have raised an incredible €1 million for the Irish Cancer Society as at the end of December 2016, through fundraising initiatives since the partnership began in June 2012. Boots Ireland has supported the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing service which provides end of life care allowing patients to remain in the comfort of their own home surrounded by family and loved ones. The €1 million raised has provided over 2,850 nights of Night Nursing care.

Since the relationship began, Boots Ireland stores, their staff, customers, family and friends have come together to raise funds for this essential service to ensure patients receive the end of life care needed to allow them to remain in their own home. It is the only service of its kind for cancer patients in the country and is wholly reliant on fundraising as it receives no Government funding. Money has been raised through a number of initiatives including the Boots Night Walks for Night Nurses which take place annually in August, Shave or Dye events, Paint It Pink activities and numerous in-store events throughout the year.

The aim of the Boots Ireland’s partnership with the Irish Cancer Society is to increase awareness, promote cancer prevention and support people living with cancer in Ireland. Along with supporting the Night Nursing service, Boots has also trained their pharmacists to become qualified Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists to help support and advise people dealing with cancer. In addition to this, Boots Ireland regularly host cancer prevention advisor information stands in-store to ensure people affected by cancer can receive information and support in their local communities.

John McCormack, CEO, Irish Cancer Society said, “Every year in Ireland 9,000 people die from cancer, that’s one person every hour. In 2016 our Night Nurses provided over 8,000 nights of care to 1,900 cancer patients around the country. This is crucial support for families at a very difficult time. On behalf of the thousands of families, who use the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service, I want to thank all the Boots staff and their customers for helping us be there for those who need it when it really matters.”

Bernadette Lavery, Managing Director, Boots Ireland, said, “Our partnership with the Irish Cancer Society is incredibly important to us as we know how cancer can affect the lives of so many across every community in Ireland. I am incredibly thankful to all our stores and our customers, who over the past four and a half years have been the driving force to achieve this monumental goal of €1 million funds raised. I also want to thank all the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nurses for their work, which is so highly valued by cancer patients and their families, making a real difference to people’s lives.”

For more information go to www.boots.ie or www.cancer.ie.
 


 
Above: Sarah Leavy, Boots, Killarney, is part of the fundraising team at Boots Ireland who have raised €1 million for the Irish Cancer Society. PICTURE: MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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