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Local businesses donate €17k to Ukrainian appeal




By Michelle Crean

Emergency aid including food and medical goods - all the way from Killarney - was delivered to a Winnica Hospital in Ukraine on Wednesday, and it couldn't have been done without the generous €17,000 donated by local businesses.

HELPING: Donal O'Brien and Paul Fitzgerald pictured helping out with the fundraiser for the people of Ukraine.

KINDNESS: Local butcher Tim Jones was a major part of the logistics when it came to organising getting the goods from Killarney to Ukrainian people.

DELIVERY: A delivery in a Polish warehouse shows some of the goods which arrived from Killarney.

DONATION: Independent Irish Health Foods owner Henry Bartlett donated a massive €10000 to help get trucks on the road with items from the Kerry/Ukraine collection.

Several business people from Killarney - so moved by the horrific invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops under Putin's command - dug deep to help pay for trucks to deliver 200 pallets collected locally.

Independent Irish Health Foods owner Henry Bartlett donated a massive €10,000, while Paul Fitzgerald from Paul Fitzgerald & Son Building Supplies Ltd, Mike from Cronin's Quarries, Fleury Engineering, Boyles Patio Centre, as well as Offaly based business Condron Group Tullamore gave a combined €7k to O'Neills Transport.

And what's more is Colm O'Neill from O'Neills Transport also paid for a truck to bring some of the goods so kindly donated by Killarney people all the way to Poland.

Now all trucks have arrived safely to their destinations, and donations are now being sorted and distributed among those in need.

"All the goods sent from Killarney went directly to Ukraine," one of the organisers of the donations, Konrad Paprocki, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Paul Fitzgerald from Paul Fitzgerald & Son Building Supplies Ltd. and Donal O'Brien from Olympic Haulage offered us numerous warehouses and storage that we could use as long as we needed, and all equipment they had available. Paul, Donal and their super team built 200 pallets and loaded them on all trucks, while butcher Tim Jones organised the transport."

What was initially a small project by Iza Dian, Diana Sobas Gorka and Konrad, quickly gathered a life of its own.

"Once we knew how big the project was getting Tim Jones contacted Paul Fitzgerald and Donal O’Brien and they just jumped at the opportunity to help out and to do their part to ensure that this would be a successful project. By the time we boxed pallets and wrapped the goods we didn’t realise we had another problem with around 200 pallets of goods that needed to be transported to Poland.

"So Tim rang Henry Bartlett from Independent Irish Health Foods and was amazed at the response he got from him. The first thing Henry and his business partner Richard Wilkins said was "what can we do to make this work" so Tim explained that we needed money to transport the goods to Poland and the instant reply from the lads was "we would like to donate €10,000 to make this work for ye". They also donated a further three pallets of goods to the cause. This is why we’re proud of the country and the people that live in it. Thanks to all the volunteers that were involved."

Ukrainians have this week been settling into the 72-bed Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa, and the 3Lakes Hostel in Killarney town but Konrad said they will continue their work.

"We are ready to help," Konrad added.

"We still have some goods we held back and we want to deliver it to the Ukrainians living in Killarney. If someone needs something they can contact me directly on 087 265 0106."

Also see Facebook 'Kerry for Ukraine'.

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New  bio-energy therapy clinic open on Beech Road

Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily? Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which […]




Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily?

Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which must adapt to this emergency mode.

Muscles tense up, heart beats faster, vessels get compressed, blood pressure rises, body retains water etc. Most of us subject our bodies to this emergency mode without being aware of it.

Irina Sharapova MH has just opened a new Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy clinic at Horan’s Health Store on Beech Road by appointment each Friday.

Both Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy, support the body’s natural ability to heal.

During a herbal consultation the therapist suggests necessary corrections to the client’s diet and lifestyle aiming at reducing the elements that contribute to inflammation, stiffness and pain, and increasing the elements that aid healing.

Then they prepare herbal remedies specific to the client. Client’s medications are also examined to ensure that there are no conflicts with the herbal treatment.

Herbs support healing by relaxing the body and improving sleep; they are used to treat various ailments from digestive and reproductive issues to insomnia and migraines.

Bio-Energy therapy is a complementary non-contact treatment that helps to release tension from the body caused by injuries, traumas or stress.

During a Bio-Energy session the therapist scans the client’s body for signals that indicate that the energy is not flowing smoothly – these are the areas that have reacted to the Client’s emotions of fear, worry, hurt, anger, sadness etc.

The therapist “clears out” these areas until the energy flow feels smooth. Bio-Energy is helpful in the treatment of physical and emotional pain and other ailments.

It is suitable for people who do not like massages and other treatments that are performed directly on the body.

Disclaimer: Alternative therapies are not substitutes for medical advice.
For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Irina at 086 9878941 or via email at Website:


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Spotted an otter lately?

Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals. The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching […]



Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching a new National Otter Survey and has teamed up with researchers in Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to collect and collate otter records from right across the country.

The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey, carried out in 2010-11.

NPWS teams will be looking for characteristic signs of otters at over 900 sites throughout the country, including rivers, lakes and the coast.

Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled for otters and to get involved in this national survey by adding their sightings to the survey results.

Otters are mostly active at night and most typically seen at dawn or dusk. They may be spotted from bridges swimming in rivers or along the rocky seashore.
Otters are brown, about 80 cm (30 inches) long and can be seen gliding along the water surface before diving to show their distinctive long pointed tail which is almost as long again as their body.

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive animals so getting as many people involved in the survey as possible will be important if we are to get good coverage. Otters are rarely seen, so instead, over the coming months, NPWS staff will be searching for otter tracks and signs.”

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“Otters have large, webbed feet and leave distinctive footprints, but these can be hard to find. Fortunately, otters mark their territory using droppings known as spraints. Otters deposit spraints conspicuously on boulders along riverbanks, logs on lake shores or the rocky high tide line. Spraints can be up to 10 cm or 3 inches long, black through to white but commonly brown, tarry to powdery in consistency and straight or curved making them tricky to identify. Luckily, they commonly contain fish bones and crayfish shells which are the otters favoured diet making them easy to tell apart from the droppings of birds and other mammals.”

The otter and its habitat are protected under the EU Habitats Directive which requires that Ireland reports on the status of the species every six years. The next report is due in 2025.

The otter suffered significant declines across much of continental Europe during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s but remained widespread in Ireland. The most recent Irish survey (2010-2011) found signs of otter from all counties of Ireland and from sea-shore to mountain streams.

The otter hunts in water, but spends much of its time on land, and as a result is vulnerable to river corridor management such as culverting, dredging and the clearance of bankside vegetation, as well as pollution, pesticides, oil spillages, coastal developments and road traffic.

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