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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.

People can also donate to climbwithcharlie.ie.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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