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Killarney woman behind London’s festive helpline

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By Sean Moriarty

An Irish mental health charity in London, which has a Killarney woman as its chief fundraiser, has launched a freephone number to help vulnerable Irish people prepare for the festive season.

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP) is aware that many Irish people in London may not be able to get home this Christmas as a result of travel restrictions in both countries.

While ICAP has been forced to close its doors to members of the public, due to social-distancing requirements, it has operated a freephone telephone number where trained therapists are offering support to anyone that needs it. Since the beginning of the pandemic they are fielding over 200 calls a week.

“In response to the pandemic, we established a free telephone helpline which is available to the Irish community,” Tara, who is originally from Aghadoe, said. “The therapists running this new service have spoken with callers from across Britain who contacted us for a myriad of reasons, ranging from stress due to unemployment; to domestic violence and COVID-19 related bereavement. The pandemic has taken its toll on those supporting the community too and we are pleased to have been able to offer expert support to staff members working in other Irish agencies.”

One of ICAP’s main sources of income is the annual dinner dance but it cannot take place this year.

Instead they have launched a Christmas Appeal – donations can be made via VirginMoneyGiving: Christmas Power of Connection Appeal.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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