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Marie’s act of kindness continues

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By Michelle Crean

Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan's act of kindness continued this week as the photographer and author donated money to two charities and presented a very special gift.

DONATION: Marie Carroll O'Sullivan (second from left) presenting the proceeds of her book ‘Behind The Mask’ €7,100 to Marie O'Carroll for Nathan's Walk Pieta House with from left: Patricia Mayse, Olivia Twohig, Tara Grace Twohig and Diane Collins Twohig, Marie O'Carroll (Pieta House), Tanya Coyne O'Shea of Eason Killarney, Cathal Walshe (Pieta House) and Garda Eddie Walsh at Eason Killarney. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

CHEQUE: Marie Carroll O'Sullivan (second from left) presenting the proceeds of her book ‘Behind The Mask’ €7,100 to (right) Kathleen O'Shea, Kathrina Breen, Eugene O'Sullivan and Elenor O'Doherty from the Kerry branch of the Irish Cancer Society, with (from left) Garda Jason Sheehan, Olivia Twohig, Tara Grace Twohig and Diane Collins Twohig at Eason Killarney. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

She gave two cheques for €7,100 each to the Irish Cancer Society and also to Pieta, Nathan's Walk - the proceeds from her lockdown book 'Behind the Mask'.

But not only that, she gifted a copy to Diane Collins Twohig local community Garda and wife of the late Garda Paudie Twohig. And inside was very personal as Marie had asked the people who featured in the book to sign it - together with the signatures of the Gardai on both of their units.

"Marie Carroll O’Sullivan isn’t just a dreamer, she’s a believer and a doer," Diane said this week.
"'Behind the Mask' is an incredible piece of work, Marie you have found the positive side of the pandemic and captured the very spirit of what has got all of us through the last two years. It's when things seems worse that you must not quit. I am so grateful for all that Paudie and I had. I move forward each day, although heartbroken with that in mind he lived for our girls and for us, I cherish that and we live on. To help others, to give back and thank all that supported us and continue to do so makes me so happy. I know that Paudie is smiling down on us, and like me, is so proud that we could be part of this fantastic project," she said.

"A broken heart opens you to the very core, it leaves sharp and very jagged edges but the kindnesses and support I have received has helped round and smooth these, this has gotten me through the hard days and the nights that feel like forever. So, from the bottom of my broken heart, I thank you, the people of Killarney town, the Irish Cancer Society, its supporters and Marie Carroll O’Sullivan for all that you are and all that you do."

Marie O'Carroll from Pieta House - Nathan's Walk also thanked Marie for her donation.

“As parents of Nathan we are humbled that Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan chose Nathan's Walk for Pieta House as one of three beneficiaries from the sales of her book ‘Behind the Mask’. We are delighted to accept the cheque for such a worthy cause that's close to our hearts. Each year since 2011, in the month of May, we organise the walk in honour of Nathan. The monies raised through this means, and through Marie's kind donation, it will help provide a free therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self harm.”

Eugene O'Sullivan from the Kerry branch of the Irish Cancer Society said that Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan "keeps giving".

"During lockdown Marie was on her bike with her camera photographing people and bringing a smile to their faces. She came up with the amazing idea to put photos together and produce 'Behind the Mask', of which she has made the Irish Cancer Society a beneficiary and we will be forever grateful for that.”

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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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