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By Michelle Crean

Completing 30 minutes of exercise each day will not only benefit your health but also a charity during the month of March.

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) has launched its latest fundraiser and is calling on all challengers who are interested in participating in their Move Into The Light event.

Paul O’Connell, who is the NCBI Shop Manager on High Street, is appealing to locals to get involved.

Participants can walk, run, cycle or swim - whatever exercise they want, with funds going to the charity which helps people with sight loss.

The 30-day challenge offers the perfect opportunity to fundraise for NCBI to enable them to provide vital services and supports to the 55,000 people spread across Ireland who are living with sight loss, Paul explained.

"It's great to see NCBI organising an event like Move Into The Light because anyone, anywhere can get involved," Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It’s a great opportunity for members of our community here in Killarney to get out and about as the evenings get brighter, all the while raising money for a good cause. We encourage many participants in Killarney to pass our shop while they're out on their 30 minutes of exercise a day throughout March. If you do pass the shop, don’t hesitate to pop in - you might bag a bargain while you’re on your travels!"

Every person who signs up will receive a free Move Into The Light t-shirt, along with a dedicated sponsorship pack.

Those who wish to sign up can do so on NCBI’s website www.ncbi.ie/move-into-the-light/ or by email fundraising@ncbi.ie.

Challenge progress pictures and more can be shared on social media through the hashtag #TeamMoveIntoTheLight or by joining our dedicated Move Into The Light Facebook Group.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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