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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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