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Monica plans 20k steps a day for €20k this May

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STEPPING IT UP: Monica Sheehan is currently walking 20,000 steps a day to raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

 

By Michelle Crean

One Rathmore woman has come up with her own fundraising plan – walking a phenomenal 620,000 steps in the month of May.

Monica Sheehan, a retired Director of Nursing with the HSE, is currently walking 20,000 steps every day for the month of May and is hoping for public support to raise €20,000 for the Kerry Hospice and Palliative Care Services, which she has been involved with since 1991.

In the present climate many charities have had to cancel fundraising events and some are finding it difficult to meet their funding requirements for the foreseeable future. This is why Monica came up with her own unique fundraiser.

She realises that the present crisis is proving to be financially challenging for many people. However, she would appreciate any little support you can afford to help her reach her target of €20,000.

“The Palliative Care Services in Kerry deliver a quality caring and compassionate service of very high standard to families and patients,” Monica said.

“It is essential that the Kerry Hospice funding is maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge people to give what they can. Thanks very much for the support we have received already.”

The people of Kerry have always been fantastic supporters of Kerry Hospice, Pat Doolan, Chair of the Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch added.

“Since it was founded in 1990 they have donated in the region of €12 million to the foundation,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They can be very proud of the fact that their donations have supported the funding of the fantastic palliative care services in the county including: the Suaimhneas Day Care Centre and 15 bed in-patient unit located at UHK as well as supporting the Home Care nursing teams. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated by Kerry Hospice.”

To donate to Monica’s fundraiser go to Everyday Hero: Monica Sheehan does 620,000 in May.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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