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Over 300 people have already committed to the Lily Daly Challenge

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Lily’s Pink Challenge is shaping up to be a very exciting day with well over 300 participants already signed up from all around Kerry and across Ireland.

The fundraiser kicks off on September 16 at Killarney Racecourse.

The Lily Daly Foundation’s primary mission and purpose is to support children and their parents when in hospital with heart related issues. Lily Daly was born in 21 June 2019 and suffered from Pulmonary Vein Stenosis, a very rare condition affecting the heart and surrounding arteries. Unfortunately, after frequent visits to Crumlin, major heart surgery in both Crumlin and the Presbyterian Hospital in New York, Lily passed away on the 26 February 2021.

Support for the Lily Daly Foundation has been phenomenal with growing numbers signing up daily to take on Lily’s Pink challenge, be that the 60km cycle through the Gap of Dunloe or the 10km run/walk around Ross Castle and Killarney National Park.

In addition, many individuals, families and companies have also made donations on the Lily Daly Foundation web site. All proceeds go towardsthe Heart Centre in Crumlin Children’s Hospital andthe Ronald McDonald house in Dublin
All participants, volunteers, families and friends are also invited to enjoy Link’s Pink Party after the event also at the racecourse, which includes music by DJ, Pat Dilworth, face painting, BBQ, drinks, Ice creams, Waffles, Crepes and much more.
(LDF), said this week,

“We have been truly blown away by the support, best wishes, donations by individuals from far and wide and especially the number of individuals that have signed up to take on Lily’s Pink Challenge,” said Caroline Daly Managing Director of the Lily Daly Foundation.

“It has been humbling and so touching to see the support out there. We have also recently had meetings with the Ronald McDonald House management team about the Lily Daly Foundation making a specific, significant and permanent contribution to the new Ronald McDonald House that is currently being built at the new Children’s Hospital in Dublin”.

Caroline is encouraging people to register for the event or alternatively make a donation via https://lilydalyfoundation.ie

Kerry Footballer Legend, Kieran Donaghy who helped launch the event said: “This is an amazing and touching story, it is for an amazing cause and promises to be an amazing day for all involved. I can’t wait for the 16th to come around now.”

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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