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Local Ukrainian woman fears for family members

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By Sean Moriarty

A Ukrainian woman living in Killarney is very "worried" and is praying for members of her family who have volunteered for the army in an effort to stop the Russian invasion.

Iryna Rudenko is originally from the Sumy region of Ukraine but she has been living and working in Killarney since 2003.

Sumy is about five hours drive east of Kyiv and very close to the Russian border.

Her home city has been the scene of heavy fighting and one of the first places where Ukrainian and Russian troops clashed on the first day of the invasion.

Iryna, who manages the Gala Store on Upper College St, has a cousin and a nephew who signed up for the Ukrainian army since the start of the conflict one week ago.

“No one pushed them [to join the army], they wanted it,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I am very worried.”

She is still coming to terms with the fact that Russia has invaded her home country.

“No one wants this war, we never believed he would do it,” she added. “He [Putin] is mad, he should be in the hospital.”

Today (Friday) she is organising a fundraiser at the Gala shop to raise funds for humanitarian organisations.

The sale of every tea and coffee will be donated to the cause.

While her fundraiser will go on all day she is expecting large numbers of the local Ukrainian community at the shop at 1pm where they will fly their blue and yellow national flag.

“We are getting great support already,” she added, “You know when somebody comes into the shop and buys 20 shampoos that they are going to a local collection.”

A similar event is taking place at the Going Green Cafe on Beech Road between 10am until 4pm and money raised will be donated to the Red Cross.

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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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