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Pedal power as community pull together for Grace

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By Michelle Crean

Not only did the sun come out on Saturday but the whole village - to support a local girl with a vision impairment.

Cyclists mounted their bikes and completed a number of routes while others volunteered to cook food, make tea and steward the 'Pedal for Grace' fundraiser for the National Council for the Blind (NCBI).

It was all part of an event to support 12-year-old Grace O’Sullivan who was diagnosed with Stargardt disease five years ago, which causes progressive sight loss.

Her parents, mom Mary and dad Canice O’Sullivan, are so grateful for the help from the charity that they organised the event at Firies Community Centre and were overwhelmed by the support.

The event entailed a 60km cycle for the more experienced cyclists, a 10km cycle which was aimed at families and a mini 1km for the little ones so that they too could play their part.

Marian Hall became the HQ with volunteers inside taking the registrations and making tea and coffe, Bernie Doe outside cooking burgers and Alan Finn from Radio Kerry acting as MC for the day.

"A huge number of cyclists travelled from near and far to support the event for Gracie," her mom Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

"And after the cycle, each person received a beautiful 'Cycle for Light' medal. Later in the afternoon in Hendersons Bar Firies, cyclists, families and volunteers were treated to some amazing Irish dancing from Gracie and her friends under the watchful eye of their amazing music teacher Alice Chambers. The whole day from start to finish was a complete success."

Mary added that the family are "truly humbled" by the local support from the people of Firies and beyond and are now considering making it an annual event.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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