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Patrick has triple marathon ambition for cancer charities

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney man is attempting to run three different marathons in three different locations in memory of his late wife.

Hotelier Patrick Eviston is participating in the Cork Marathon tomorrow (Sunday), his second in as many months.

He is doing so to raise funds for Kerry Cancer Support Group (KCSG) who helped his wife Linda during her battle with cancer. Linda passed away in October 2020 and Pat has been running marathons in her memory.

Last October, due to the pandemic related cancellation of the Dublin Marathon, Patrick along with his son Eric ran a 42.2km course near Killarney, supported by Patrick's daughter Alannah on the day before Linda's anniversary, to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Patrick has decided to run three marathons this year to raise funds for various cancer charities.

He has family in Vancouver, Canada, and a brother-in-law there who is a cancer patient. Last month he ran a marathon in the western Canadian city to raise funds for local organisations over there.

"Last year my family did our ‘local’ marathon for the Irish Cancer Society and raised €48,000. This year I wanted to do something for the local organisations,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I am in awe with the volunteers and the work that they do, driving people to chemo. The price of diesel is gone through the roof, they need it for the buses.”

Patrick has also set his eyes on the Dublin City Marathon in October.

Online donations can be made via www.eventmaster.ie and searching Patrick Eviston fundraising for Kerry Cancer Support Trust CLG (Kerry Cancer Support Group) in Cork City Marathon 2022.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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