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Locals help fund fire truck for Ukraine

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Fire and Rescue have praised the people of Killarney who helped fund a fire engine that will be driven to the Ukraine-Polish border and will be used to help people in the war-torn country.

Last March firefighters from several Kerry and Cork fire stations launched a fundraiser to help buy the fire engine.

Three months later they hit their €50,000 target and later this month Tralee fire men PJ O’Dowd and Trevor Kelliher will drive the unit to Poland were it will be handed over to aid organisations in Ukraine.

Over €2,500 was raised by Killarney Fire and Rescue through various fundraisers that were held in the Gala Courtyard shop on Upper College Street.

The store is managed by Iryna Rudenko, whose home city of Sumy has been devastated by the war. She organised a different fundraiser for her home country that raised a further €2,100.

“The local collections were a mix of coffee mornings and store collections with the help of Killarney and Dunmanway Fire service. We would like to thank everyone who made a donation which has got us to the stage where we now have purchased a Fire Truck and we are currently planning driving the Truck to Poland at the end of the month. We will be travelling over with three Fire service jeeps that are being donated by Kilkenny. Also the Irish organisation Safe Harbour Ukraine will be helping us with the journey,” local fireman Martin Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Huge thank to the people of Killarney for their kindness, it is important that vital public service vehicles are replaced and equipped to deal with emergencies.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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