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Locals are the best-dressed at Killarney Races

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There were two local winners in the Best Dressed competition that ran alongside Ladies Day at Killarney Races last week.

WINNERS: Dawn Milk Ladies and Gents winners at Killarney Races Killarney Races Niall Crowley Kilcummin and Charlene Brosnan Killarney with judges Aidan O'Mahony and Anna Daly Photos By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus Ltd.

Celebrity judges Anna Daly and Aidan O’Mahony had a tough challenge whittling down the ten finalists.

“What a day! Killarney must be the most picturesque racecourse in Ireland. It was a joy to spend the day in the sunshine with my partner in crime Aidan O’Mahony, among such elegance and style. Killarney you're a charm. I could hardly call this work! I'll be back very soon,” said Daly.

The Ladies Day winner was Charlene Brosnan a primary school teacher from Killarney, who won a specially commissioned crystal vase and a trip to Paris for two. Charlene’s stunning look was a beautiful cream ruffled dress paired with gold headpiece and heels.

“Absolutely thrilled to win here in Killarney. I come to most meetings here and it’s an honour to win at my local racecourse. I’m wearing a dress I wore to my son’s christening and its lovely to be able to get another wear out of it. I’m so looking forward to my trip to Paris. Thanks so much to Anna and Adian and all at Dawn Milk – we were treated like royalty,” she said.

In the gent’s category Niall Crowley from Kilcummin came out on top.

“What an honour to be chosen as the Dawn Milk Best Dressed Gent at Killarney Races. I just arrived back from Dubai on Monday where I have been living for the past five years, this has made for a fantastic start to my summer at home with family and friends. I got my suit tailor made in Dubai for the occasion and I'm delighted that it has all paid off. I'm a teacher working in Dubai and it's great to be home for the summer,” he said.

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Jessie Buckley’s album shortlisted for prestigious award

Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is […]

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Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year.

Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is one of 12 albums shortlisted for the prestigious award which will be revealed in London on September 8.

“Neither of us really knew each other and it was actually a blessing in disguise because we met each other in the moment and trusted each other, took a leap of faith and in a way come in just the way we were and not because of who we are,” she told a press conference at the awards announcement in London last week.

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Olga Tkachenko: My resilience in life is the ability to see only the good

Olga Tkachenko and I run five kilometres every Saturday with the Killarney House Parkrun. This fragile and smiling woman always runs easily and beats me every time. It seems that […]

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Olga Tkachenko and I run five kilometres every Saturday with the Killarney House Parkrun.

This fragile and smiling woman always runs easily and beats me every time.

It seems that everything in her life is as easy as jogging.

But this is not quite so.

Olga grew up in Donetsk city, Donbass region. Her sister Maryna and parents lived here. A large and friendly family, they owed a holiday home in the region and would gather there for vacations and holidays. This house was a symbol of this family.

In 2014, Russian troops entered Donetsk and drove their military equipment right into the yard of the house.

From here they started shelling the Donetsk airport.

Soon the house was completely destroyed. All that remains of the house are two walls and a few pots. The family nest was devastated. Her sister Maryna tried to save the surviving property and came under fire. Fortunately, she was not injured.

Olga moved her parents to another place, and she went to Kyiv with her husband and children. All they took with them were two laptops and a few warm things. Life had to start from scratch.

Olga’s sister Maryna moved to Dnipro city, where she found a new job.

The sisters went their separate ways, but still maintained a very close relationship, calling and supporting each other every day.

Maryna’s husband and Olga’s husband are brothers and share the same last name – Tkachenko.

They have children two months apart. Olga jokes that she and her sister have a topic to talk about – their common father-in-law and mother-in-law.

Having lost their homes in 2014 due to Russia’s military aggression in Donbas, the sisters built their lives in two different cities – Irpen (near Kyiv) and Dnipro. But when the war broke out in 2022, they found themselves together again.

The sisters managed to board an evacuation train bound for Poland. Again, they only had one bag each and a one-way ticket.

“Fear drove us as far as possible. The main goal was to save the children. We did not know where we were going. We wanted to escape as far as possible from the war and the borders of Russia,” says Olga.

After staying in a refugee camp in Poland for several days, they decided to go to Ireland.
Were they worried about going into the unknown?

But Olga says that when she is together with her sister, it gives both women confidence and stability. Together, it’s not so scary anymore.

Olga says that it is impossible to get used to the fact that you lose your home every time and get used to life. It is impossible to accept that everything has to be started from new.

But she has one secret of resilience – the ability to see the good in the circumstances in which you find yourself.

Here in Killarney Olga focuses on the beautiful nature, she learns a new language, and goes jogging. She never regrets.

Olga’s sister Maryna Tkachenko has already found a job and works in as a designer in Killarney. The sisters help each other a lot and are very worried about their parents and grandmother, who remaine in Ukraine.

“Our parents spent a month under the occupation of Russian troops in a village near Kyiv. My 70-year-old mother, as in 2014, went to negotiate with Russian soldiers and persuaded them not to shoot. We are glad that our parents’ house survived this time. Because in 2014 we already lost one home. Our parents would not have survived this a second time,” adds Olga.

That is why she will soon go back to Ukraine.

She explains her motives: “I want to be where I am most needed. My eldest daughter, parents and grandmother are in Ukraine. My daughter works as a volunteer every week, clearing the rubble of buildings, so I want to help my country as well. After dismantling the ruins, we will see our beautiful country again.”

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