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Local businesses donate €17k to Ukrainian appeal

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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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