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Kind-hearted group donate over €5,000 to two charities

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KINDNESS: Eileen Foley and Emer Moynihan (President Killarney Soroptimist Club) presenting the proceeds of Killarney Soroptimist Pancake Morning Û4,170 to Michelle O'Donoghue (St Mary of the Angels) at St Mary of the Angels, Beaufort.

One kind-hearted group are champions at organising fundraising events as they’ve recently donated thousands of euros to local charities.

Members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club handed over €5,170 to two well deserving groups.

In March, at their annual pancake morning, a cheque for €1000 was presented to Adapt Kerry from the proceeds of the church gate collection in 2018.

Then, on Tuesday April16, a cheque for €4,170 was presented to St Mary of the Angels, St John of God Kerry Services, the proceeds of the annual pancake morning which was held in March.

“This money is to be used for the hydrotherapy unit in St Mary of the Angels,” Sheila Casey from the Soroptimist Club said.

“This unit is used by the 74 residents and the 50 students of St Francis Special Needs School, which is located in the grounds of St Mary of the Angels.

“Some of these monies will be used towards the hydrotherapy pool and for the purchase of a sound system to enhance the service user’s hydrotherapy experience by promoting relaxation before, during and after the pool session.”

The pool has been in operation since 1975, which was a very innovative for that time period, she added.

“We, the Killarney Soroptimists, are delighted to be able to assist them with upgrading their unit,” she said.

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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