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Locals are teaming up to support Charlie Bird




A group who only know too well the devastating diagnosis Motor Neurone can bring are pulling together to support veteran RTÉ journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird.

DEVASTATING: Veteran RTÉ journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird received the devastating Motor Neurone diagnosis last October..

ROUTE: The route the walk will take on Saturday April 2 for the Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone walk to support Charlie Bird.

Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone are organising a walk in Killarney National Park on Saturday April 2, in conjunction with the Charlie Bird Climb of Croagh Patrick on the same day.

Charlie, who was the voice of Irish television reporting for over four decades, made public his recent diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease last October.

"It was a devastating diagnosis for Charlie but soon afterwards he decided to do something for the plight of people living with the terrible disease," Christy Lehane, Chairperson of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone, said.

"He decided to climb Croagh Patrick mountain on April 2, to raise funds and awareness for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and another charity close to Charlie’s heart namely Pieta House. Charlie acknowledges that the climb will be an immense challenge, but he is determined to do it. Since then, over 100 climbs and walks are planned to take place throughout the country and many of these are here in Kerry. I am aware that many people are climbing mountains, walking in the woods to highlight the vast mountains so many Motor Neurone patients must climb in their everyday lives due to this severe illness physical and mental and Charlie Bird, while climbing the holy mountain, is also climbing his personal mountain with the terrible disease called Motor Neurone."

Registration is at the Headquarters of Kerry Parents and Friends Association at the Old Monastery, Port Road from 10.30am before the walk commences at 11am. The walk is not challenging and is suitable for all walkers and everybody is welcome.

All funds raised will be divided equally between the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House to ensure they can continue to do their vital work in every community across Ireland.

The IMNDA is the only organisation of its kind in the country dedicated to working on behalf of people living with MND, their families and carers. Their key services include home visits by its four MND nurses, financial assistance towards home help and the supply of specialised equipment on loan. The IMNDA also funds and promotes research into the causes and treatment of MND.

Pieta House first opened its doors in Lucan County Dublin in 2006. Since then, they have helped over 60,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self harm. They operate 20 locations across the country, and they now employ over 200 therapists and support staff, and the demand for their services is increasing.

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The actor to play Michael Collins revealed

Killarney Musical Society has revealed that the renowned Keith Dwyer Greene will take the lead role in ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’. The society is in the final stages of […]




Killarney Musical Society has revealed that the renowned Keith Dwyer Greene will take the lead role in ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’.

The society is in the final stages of preparation  for  its March 5 to 7 performances at the INEC.

Final rehearsals are in full flight at the Heights Hotel and earlier this week Keith Dwyer Greene arrived in full costume.

He had spent the day with the army’s The Band 1 Brigade of The Irish Defence Forces, where he is a full-time flautist.

He is also co-owner and founder of The Bellevue Academy of Performing Arts.

Keith trained in music and musical theatre in University College Cork and The Cork School Of Music.

“He has performed with many musical societies and had many great leading roles. He worked with the late Bryan Flynn who wrote the book, music and lyrics of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’. He has great admiration for him and says what he did with this show is genius. Keith says he adores the role of Michael Collins,” explained PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

Flynn’s book, music and lyrics can only be secured by two musical society’s each year.
Michael Collins A Musical Drama is a moving, dynamic, resonant piece of musical theatre.

It is the dramatization of a changing period of Irelands history. It brings to life The 1916 Rising, The War Of Independence and The Civil War.

“At the same time it is telling an intimate, human love story and how love and politics inflamed the period. This musical drama has war, heroism, love, villainy, tragedy and triumph all wrapped up. It has a distinctly Irish voice. Such numbers as ‘Fly the flag of Freedom ‘ will have the hairs standing on the back of your neck and ‘Every Heart Awaken ‘ will bring tears to your eyes,” added Linda.

Tickets available at The INEC box office and from a pop-up box office at The Laurels Bar, Market Cross from 12 noon to 4pm on Friday and Saturday this week.


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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]



Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.


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