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By Michelle Crean

The lack of sunshine for Sunflower Day was more than compensated for by the support of the local community who donated a massive €8,548.

VOLUNTEER: Edel Reen pictured collecting for the annual Sunflower Day last weekend.

COLLECTION: Padraig O'Sullivan pictured collecting for the annual Sunflower Day last weekend.

Local volunteers with the Killarney Branch of the Kerry Hospice Foundation gave their time freely in town on Friday and Saturday last to help raise vital funds which will go to the local service which offers support to cancer patients and their families.

“Many of those donors will have or had a family member with a life-limiting illness who benefited from the services of Kerry Hospice," Pat Doolan, Killarney Branch Chairperson, said.

"Their appreciation of the great care and empathy shown to their loved ones is often reflected in the extent of their donation. We are most grateful to all who support our fundraising events."

Those services are provided at the In-patient Unit and Day Care Centre at UHK and, also, through the Homecare Nursing Service in conjunction with the HSE. Kerry Hospice Foundation was founded in 1990 by a group of people who saw the need for such a service.

The people of Kerry have benefited from their foresight in the intervening years and, will do so into the future, he added.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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