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Killarney Valley AC Arena donation a “Bolt” from the blue!

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Valley Athletic Club, formally known as Killarney Micro Track, is celebrating this week after it was revealed that the world's fastest man and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt had made a €2,000 donation.

The newly finished Killarney Valley AC Arena project has re-launched its GoFundMe page in an effort to offset loans accrued during the construction phase.

“We still have a funding gap of over €100,000 from the construction of the track, so all help is needed so we can focus our energies in sport and activities and not be distracted by the worries of finance,” said Killarney Valley’s Brid Stack.

As of last Friday, the total raised during the new phase stood at €2,220. Then Bolt made an €80 donation bringing the total to €3,000.

Within moments, a second larger donation of €3,000, was made anonymously and this is believed to have also come from the 100m and 200m world record holder.

Club coach Tomas Griffin is personal friends with Bolt’s manager Ricky Simms. Griffin contacted the Donegal man who promised to bring the fundraiser to the Jamaican’s attention.

“After that we can’t confirm nor deny who made the donation,” Griffin told the Killarney Advertiser. “But it has amounted to another bit of publicity for our track here in Killarney."

​​​​​​​Over 3,000 students in the Killarney area have free access to the facility during school hours
Further donations can be made via GoFundMe: Killarney Valley AC Arena.

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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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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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