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Killarney’s first Santa Cycle planned

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By Sean Moriarty

COVID-19 restrictions aside, Killarney is set to get its own Santa Cycle this year.
An event is in the advanced stage of planning and if organisers get the go ahead, it will run on Saturday December 5 and will be based at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in Fossa.

Santa Cycles are a popular fundraiser during the festive season and previous events in Dublin and Cork have, respectively, attracted 600 and 400 cyclists dressed as Santa.

If the event gets off the ground it will be the first time such an event ran in Killarney.

Organisers are awaiting details on what restrictions will be lifted on December 1, just four days before the event.

However, they are also investigating the possibility of running the event in smaller groups of 15 or less and setting these groups off a different intervals.

“The route will be from the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club to Ross Castle and back,” event organiser Dermot McGuckin told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Fossa-based Dubliner has been involved in organising big charity cycles in the past.

The event will raise money for yet to be announced local youth charities. Event organisers are seeking volunteers to marshal the event and Mr McGuckin can be contacted on 089 2535777.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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