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Lissivigeen school to host Kerry Mountain Rescue fundraiser



Lissivigeen National School and its parent's association are hosting a coffee morning next Tuesday in Aid of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team. 

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser this week Ciara Lowe of the parents' association said: "As we all know, Kerry Mountain Rescue offer a tremendous service to our wider community. This voluntary service holds a special place in the hearts of all associated with Lissivigeen because their third class teacher Mr. Robert Fell is an active member of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team." 

"They are in the business of rescuing and saving people's lives and often selflessly put themselves in the most dangerous of situations. Their bravery and kindness shows no end and we are very grateful to each and every one of them. It is with this inspiration that led the school to wanting to help raise some much-needed funds." 

"Mr Fell has given the pupils an education into how rescue operations play out. Even the callouts at night where he has powered through a sleepless night, he will still turn up and teach the children the following morning." 

"This shows the children a selfless way of helping others and the importance of empathy and bravery in human beings. He has shown them the gear, the photos and most recently had the crew call to the school to show them it in real life. As you can imagine the children would be in awe at such an opportunity. The parents' association were thankful to Mick from the Kerry Mountain Rescue who was involved in bringing the van with all their gear to the school last Friday to give a talk to the children. They got to experience it in a real life setting which was truly amazing." 

The school has strong links with Kerry Mountain Rescue with many past pupils and parents having volunteered with the team. 

The parents association are calling on locals to join them for their coffee morning at the Killarney Oaks Hotel Tuesday next 20th June from 10AM-12PM where there will be plenty tea and coffee, scones biscuits and treats. A raffle will also be held on the day with 100% of the funds raised going to the cause. For any enquiries on the coffee morning please contact Ciara on 0877050185. 

Kerry Mountain Rescue are also one of the nominated charity organisations for this year's Ring of Kerry Cycle. With two weeks to go there is still time to dust off those bikes and put yourself up for the challenge if you haven't done so already. Kerry Mountain Rescue are actively looking for cyclists to raise money for their cause. With ever increasing call-out numbers and costings rising rapidly this vital local service needs local support. 



Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]





Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.


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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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