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Killarney women named as ‘Hospice Heroes’

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AWARD: Angela Curran from Woodlawn and Noreen Collins from Ross Road, pictured with RTE's Mary Kennedy, with their 'Hospice Heroes' award.

Two Killarney women have been named as ‘Hospice Heroes’ in recognition of their outstanding volunteering work on behalf of Kerry Hospice.

Angela Curran from Woodlawnand Noreen Collins from Ross Road, are two of 25 people who were nominated as ‘Hospice Heroes’ nationally, and recognised at a special ceremonyin St. Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 recentlyto coincide with the launch of this year’s Hospice Sunflower Days, which will run in Killarney on June 7.

Both Angela and Noreen have been involved with fundraising for Kerry Hospice for over 20 years. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge in relation to fundraising events and they are always willing to take on leadership roles within their local Killarney Branch.

They were presented with their plaque at the ceremony by Mary Kennedy, Hospice Sunflower Days Ambassador and RTE Broadcaster.

“We are not in this for awards,” Angela told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is nice to be recognised but only for the generosity of the people of Killarney we would not be able to do what we do.

“All money raised stays in Kerry.”

Angela and Noreen have been involved in fundraising for the Kerry Hospice Foundation almost since its foundation in the early 1990s and, along with other volunteers, helped to raise over €6 million to build the hospice in Tralee.

They have also organised baking for the annual coffee morning and help run the annual fashion show at the Gleneagle each September.

Noreen is a committee member since day-one and Angela joined the committee shortly after.

 

 

 

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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