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Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage restore Land Rover 90 for Charity

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The Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage officially launched their restored 1989 Land Rover 90 last Wednesday evening at Dermot Healy Motors, Killarney, giving the Land Rover a whole new lease of life in the name of charity.

Following the success of the club’s Massey Fergusson 135 Tractor, which was fully restored for charity last year and raised an incredible €50,000, the club took on a bigger challenge of an old Land Rover 90 which happens to coincide with Land Rover celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.

The club sourced the old Land Rover through a friend of the club in Cork with the vehicle being off the road since 2002 and with only 82,000 miles on the clock. The vehicle was in good condition except for the bulk head which had a serious rust issue. The chassis and other components were well-maintained but the club decided to do a full and complete dismantle last November when the project began. This included the full galvanising of the chassis and, to give it a modern look, the club adding a sump guard, winch, roof rack, awning and LED lights. A full body spray was carried out to make it a dream machine.

Club Chairman James Looney estimated that it took over 300 hours of voluntary time to complete the restoration, which would not have been possible to complete without the huge support of the club members, sponsors and supporters through all walks of life.  “The project was a great social event for our committee and club members and would like to sincerely thank everyone who got involved with the project,” James added.

Benefitting this year from the proceeds are Down Syndrome Kerry and Recovery Haven Cancer Support Group. To be in with a chance of winning this immaculately restored vehicle, purchase tickets (€10 each) online at www.killarneyvintage.com, directly from both charities and from various outlets. The Land Rover will be at different events throughout the county over the summer months with the draw taking place on November 17 next. If you have any queries, please contact the club secretary on 087 3381842.

Well done to all involved in this worthy project. Such an endeavour takes a huge amount of hard work and no little ingenuity. With two deserving charities set to benefit, we would encourage everyone to show their support and buy a ticket or two.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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