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Lake rescue highlights need for a permanent boat base

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By Sean Moriarty

A well-known boat operator in Killarney has called for a dedicated search and rescue boathouse to be built near Ross Castle.

Donal ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue and local paramedic Eugene Tangney were involved in a dramatic lake rescue on Lough Leane after two male kayakers were overturned in bad weather.

The kayakers were able to get to Lamb Island and raise the alarm while clinging to plants.

The volunteer Killarney Water Rescue service launched their rescue boat from Dundag near Muckross, nearly 8kms from Lamb Island.

Their boat is currently stored at a private house and once they get a call they must navigate the notorious Killarney traffic before they can launch their boat.

‘Dux’ received a call from paramedic Tangney.

"He knew I would be near Ross Castle and would be much closer to the incident,” Dux told the Killarney Advertiser.

‘Dux’ and Tangney got to the scene of the accident around 15 minutes before Killarney Water Rescue.

The time difference highlighted the challenges the volunteers face and the situation could have been much worse if the accident occurred during the peak summer season and the volunteers were delayed getting to their launch slip in the notorious tourist-season traffic gridlock.

“There is plenty of land down near Ross Castle to build a slip, or better again, a small shed where the rescue boat could be kept,” ‘Dux’ added.

“It would be very important to the town of Killarney to make this happen, the current situation is like having a fire station for Killarney in Farranfore.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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