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Mother’s Day fundraiser planned for little sick girl



FUNDRAISER: Tara O'Donoghue Laing, pictured with Killarney singer Grace Foley, who are organising a fundraising event for a sick little girl. Photo: Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean


Two local ladies are pooling their talents together to help raise funds for a sick little girl suffering from Cerebral Palsy.

Photographer Tara O'Donoghue Laing from Firies has enlisted the help of Killarney singer Grace Foley, and arranged a special day out for families this March.

And, although the event, which includes a photoshoot, a three course meal and entertainment in The Brehon Hotel on Sunday, March 22, is a treat for families – it’s a hugely important day for little Heidi Patterson as funds raised with go towards vital physiotherapy.

Heidi was born in 2017 to Sinead and Steve Patterson, with a visual and hearing impediment and Cerebral Palsy.






Tara came to know the family after photographing the couple’s wedding in 2015.

And as her own son is one age with Heidi, Tara felt she wanted to help in some way.

“My son Dáithí is only a few months older than Heidi,” Tara told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I could really relate to how Sinead is going through this as a mom. I felt that surely we can make some bit of difference to relieve some of the financial difficulties. I’m hoping to raise €5,000 from the event which would cover physio for a year for Heidi. We wanted to use our own skills to give the most we can on the day.”

The event includes a raffle with lots of great prizes donated by local businesses, including dinner vouchers, spa treatments, hair and nail vouchers and even sports jerseys.

MC on the day will be former Kerry footballer Sean O’Sullivan. The family will also be there on the day, Tara added.

“Sinead will give a brief talk before the meal and Grace will sing a number of songs for the finale, including Heidi’s favourite song ‘True Colours’.”

Tickets at €45 per person are available from eventbright: Mother’s Day Fundraiser for Heidi.

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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]




There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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Jim awarded for life-long service to the community

By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]




By Michelle Crean

Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.

Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.

Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.

He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.

Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.

Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.

Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.

Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.

“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.

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