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By Michelle Crean

When the world came to a standstill in 2020 due to the pandemic - local photographer Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan decided to document the challenges and help others - and last week she did just that.

Marie's book, 'Killarney Behind the Mask', features life during the initial days of COVID-19 and with the money raised she donated €7,000 worth of gift vouchers to hospital staff last week.

Nursing staff, redeployed nurses, health care attendants, domestic staff, supplies, portering, maintenance, physio and biomedical departments who received the gifts were ‘on the ground’ at the height of the pandemic.

Marie, a columnist and photographer with the Killarney Advertiser, also donated proceeds from the sale of the book to the Irish Cancer Society and Pieta House.

"Not only did she write this beautiful book, she spent the next year pushing sales and we received a substantial donation for all members of staff, unvaccinated at the time, amidst a global pandemic who were truly dedicated to their work at here at UHK," Margaret Griffin CNM, University Hospital Kerry, said.

"We were the people Marie chose to acknowledge. As Clinical Nurse Manager I was humbled to draw up that list. Marie’s promise to us when she photographed many of the staff in UHK in April 2021, was that she would return with gift vouchers of appreciation from all who purchased her book from Killarney, Kerry, Ireland and beyond. Every member of this team was looked after. True to her word, Marie delivered 90 vouchers, from three Killarney establishments who supported her enthusiasm from day one - Brícín Restaurant Killarney, O’Donoghue Ring Hotels and the International Hotel Killarney. Each voucher is to the value of €80 unless we decide to use it at the Killarney Plaza Hotel where an O'Donoghue Ring Hotel voucher will magically, almost double in value, at the hotel's Spa for a one hour treatment of our choice.

"On behalf of my hard working colleagues, I would like to say a huge thank you to Marie, to each and every person who supported and bought a copy of 'Behind the Mask' and to Mary O’Carroll for providing the link to University Hospital Kerry to receive this amazing gesture of kindness. We are truly overwhelmed,” she said.

“It was baby steps all the way," Marie, who said she "was so excited to return to UHK and deliver the goods" explained.

"If I thought too much about the overall graft that writing a book entails, I might have run a mile! With restrictions in place, even if I wanted to, I couldn’t! Killarney is an amazingly generous town which I have had the great privilege to blow into from Roscrea, Co Tipperary. I thank each and every person, from the fiver to the five hundreds, every cent made this project happen."

There are still some copies available in Killarney Eason on Main Street, Kerry Catering Supplies at the Countess Shopping Centre, Carry Out Killarney, SuperValu Tralee and Carrig Road Service Station Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. It is also available online to purchase at Shop Prints — The Little Memory Gallery.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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