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Palliative service receives an enormous present




By Michelle Crean

Pulling their most festive jumpers on resulted in over €16,000 being raised for the Kerry Hospice Foundation - which was handed over to the charity on Monday.

CERTS: Receiving certificates in recognition of raising over €16000 for the Kerry Hospice Foundation from Christmas Jumper Day organised by St Brendan's College in collaboration with many of othe local schools from l-r were: Anne Lucey (Holy Cross Mercy NS) Pat Doolan (Kerry Hospice Foundation) Sean Coffey (St Brendan's College) Conor Gleeson (Lissivigeen NS) Colm Ó Súilleabháin (St Oliver’s NS) Elaine Moynihan (St Brendan's College) Mary Brosnan (The Mon NS) Doireann O'Sullivan (St Brigid’s) Cathal Walshe (Kerry Hospice Foundation) Gerda Poetzsch (Killarney Community College) Elaine Spillane (St Francis Special School) and Dermot O'Reilly (Kerry Hospice Foundation). Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Students from St Brendan's College, St Oliver's National School, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Holy Cross Mercy, St Francis Special School, Lissivigeen National School and St Brigid's Presentation presented a cheque for €16,402 to the charity - the result of their combined 'Presents 4 Palliative' fundraiser in December.

This year was the third year the schools joined forces for this cause and while they initially set their goal at €10,000, the amount it costs to provide a week of the organisation's services, they quickly surpassed their goal. This donation brings the total donated from the combined efforts of these schools, over three years, to €30,000.

The Five LCVP class who coordinated the event in St Brendan's College were very grateful for the support they received and delighted to contribute to the relationship built up between themselves, the other schools and this incredible cause.

"Our LCVP class cannot thank the Killarney community enough for their support, both in words and donations," student Dara O'Shea.

"The hospice is an organisation that provides a crucial service for the local community and is one that has touched many of our own homes - to be able to give back to them is a real honour for myself and my classmates."

Aaron Coffey said that he feels "proud and honoured" to have taken part in this fundraiser.
"They do amazing work, giving people the gift of comfort and dignity in their final days and we were delighted to be able to raise so much for them."

Ryan McCarthy added that they "thoroughly enjoyed" organising the event and were "delighted with all the support" they got. "We are very proud to have exceeded our goal for a cause as special as the Kerry Hospice Foundation."

For TJ O'Sullivan he said they learned a lot about the hospice through this fundraiser and are delighted to have raised such a substantial amount.

"As students we are very proud of ourselves and the entire school community and incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by all who donated," student Mark Sheehan added.



Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]




This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:-

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]




BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.


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