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Madeleine plans 150ft plunge for Down Syndrome Ireland

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TAKING THE PLUNGE: Madeleine Doyle from Beaufort is planning to abseil 150 feet from the roof of Croke Park for Down Syndrome Ireland. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Abseiling 150ft down from the roof of Croke Park will be an exciting adventure for one local woman who plans to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Madeleine Doyle from Beaufort, who is now living in Ballycasheen, is planning to take part in 'Abseil Croke Park 4 DSI' challenge on Saturday, October 24.

And the funds raised will go to the Ability Programme which will help to secure meaningful employment for young adults in Ireland with Down Syndrome.

"I have a younger brother with Down Syndrome - James who is aged 22," Madeleine explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"The Ability programme is aimed to help James and others like him to find work in an area that is of interest to them, to help them grow professionally and gain confidence."

James, who loves music and sport, is currently working in Deenagh Lodge in Killarney and attends a 'Skills 4 Life' programme through St God of Gods in the IT Tralee.

And Madeleine says that she feels the the abseil was meant to be as it is falling on the day of her birthday.
"I took that as a sign to take the plunge - literally! I now have something to do on my birthday, I'm so excited, I can't wait."

Madeleine set up a Facebook donation page: Madeleine’s Abseil Croke Park for DSI and also an iDonate page with the same name where people can contribute if they wish. Her original target was €250 and to date almost €2,400 has been raised.

"Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far. I genuinely wouldn't have expected to get remotely close to it. People are wonderful especially in these uncertain times."

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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