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Killarney’s annual hospice walk is back

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By Michelle Crean

After an absence of three years the popular Killarney Branch Kerry Hospice Good Friday Walk is back and looking for your support.

The annual fundraising walk is in memory of Vivien O’Shea, Sheila McGillycuddy, and all who passed away with life-limiting illnesses.

Registration is from 9.30am at The Garden Restaurant, Muckross House on the day and the walk begins at 10.30am.

There is a choice of two routes, an 8km walk from the Garden Restaurant via Dinis Cottage and a section of Torc Trail and return. The second shorter route is 6km from the Garden Restaurant to Brickeen Bridge and back.

There will also be fun quiz questions along the way for the kids and adults to enjoy.

There is no registration fee as there's a bucket collection on the day. Raffle tickets will also be on sale for some lovely spot prizes and complementary tea/coffee on return.

“Bring the entire family along and enjoy a leisurely walk through our stunning National Park while supporting a very worthy local charity,” Julett Culloty, Secretary, said.

"Suitable footwear is necessary in the interests of health and safety, especially along the section of the Torc Trail."

Voluntary service

Kerry Hospice Foundation is a voluntary organisation dedicated to providing palliative care services to people with life-limiting illnesses. This care, which is free of charge, is provided at the foundation's 15 bed inpatient unit and Palliative Day Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry and also through the Home Nursing Scheme.

Kerry Hospice Foundation has to raise €400,000 annually to co-fund the running of the new inpatient unit in conjunction with the HSE.

Additionally, it costs €100,000 to fund the remaining services. Since the Kerry Hospice Foundation was founded in 1990 the people of Kerry have been very generous supporters, donating in excess of €11 million  through various fundraising activities.

The magnificent palliative care facilities, now available at University Hospital Kerry, are a testament to their generosity.

"As our late departed county fundraiser Chairman, Ted Moynihan, used to say, “You may never need the hospice, but the hospice needs you”."

The walk is one of many taking place around the county. If unable to participate you can donate online by going to www.kerryhospice.com.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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