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‘Local Gossip’ star to feature at fundraiser



FUNDRAISER: Team Geaney will host a fun evening at Scott’s Hotel on Monday to raise funds for St Mary’s of the Angels.

By Sean Moriarty

Comic genius and YouTube sensation Bernard Casey and his ‘Local Gossip’ act will be the star attraction at a fundraiser for St Mary’s of the Angels in Beaufort this weekend.

The event takes place in Scott’s Hotel this coming Bank Holiday Monday, run in association with Team Geaney’s participation in next month’s Ring of Kerry Cycle.

Denis Geaney founded the cycle 36 years ago and each year he enters a team to support one local charity.

Monday’s music, comedy and barbecue event is an off-shoot of Geaney’s fundraising efforts and all proceeds will go the Beaufort care centre.

“All of the money raised from the barbecue will go directly to St Mary of the Angels,” Denis said. “Thanks to the generous support of the team at Scotts Hotel, the musicians and our many volunteers. We are looking forward to seeing you there.”

With live music from Rosie and Derry Healy, Dermot Moriarty, Pete Fleming, Michael O’Brien and band, Sam and Ina and more, as well as a special guest appearance by Bernard Casey, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Well-known local Glenflesk-based fundraiser and entertainer Derry Healy is one of the organisers.

“This is our second year having a barbecue and last year was an outstanding success after we raised €6,000 for the Ian O’Connell Trust,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “This year all of the money raised will go directly to St Mary’s of the Angels. We are grateful to all the musicians who give their time freely and are looking forward to a guest appearance by Bernard Casey.”

The ‘Local Gossip’ star will appear at some point during the afternoon.

“Expect comedy and burgers, that is all I can say,” Bernard told The Killarney Advertiser. “My girlfriend’s brother attends St Mary’s of the Angels, so I am well aware of the good work they do and happy to support it in any way I can.”

The barbecue costs €10 per person and takes place in Scotts Courtyard from 2pm until 6pm.





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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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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