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Little donkey to raise the roof in Glenflesk

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By Sean Moriarty

One lucky Glenflesk resident could be the new owner of the perfect nativity scene prop just time for Christmas.

St Aghtha’s Church in the parish of Glenflesk is badly in need of a new roof.

The annual Parish Christmas Bazaar takes place on November 20 as a fundraiser for the roof.

The usual list of festive fayre-like food hampers are up for raffle on the day but punters will also have the opportunity to bid for a baby donkey named ‘Conín’.

Now ‘Conín’ is no ordinary donkey.

His name comes from Gaelic meaning ‘hound’ and with the suffix - 'in' - added, it means ‘little warrior'.

Auctioning ‘Conín’ is the brainchild of local parish priest Fr Jim Lenihan who has played a very active role in his community.

“Conín was born at Easter time, and was born a mischievous little donkey, but with the influence of Fr Jim and endeavours of his parish, we are confident that Conín will mend the error of his ways, and be the best little donkey that ever was born,” said organiser Margaret Duggan.

The baby donkey was donated by her brother Michael Duggan of 'Glebe Farm' in Aghadoe.

He will deliver the donkey and supply 10 bales of quality hay to settle baby ‘Conín' in his new home. The winning bidder will have to be able to show evidence they can care for the donkey but it is hoped that Conín will stay local and will become part of the folklore of the village.

“The donkey will remain part of the weekly parish newsletter for the youth, and his story will be told and his interaction with the community will grow with Fr Jim and the parish. Both Fr Jim and ‘Conín' will be an integral part of the Glenflesk Community,” added Margaret.

Tickets are being distributed this week to local households for donations.

“We want people to know well in advance so that if a bidder is interested they can contact Fr Jim to register their interest and state their ability to care for ‘Conin’. Conín’ will be part of the Christmas and Easter events within the parish from now on, and his story and photos and will be part of the weekly Mass, and the parish Facebook page will update the story of ‘Conín' so all can remain involved,” she added.

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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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