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Peter’s perfect gift will help sick children

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By Michelle Crean

Last Saturday was a big day for one Kilcummin lad who transformed his look by cutting 13 inches off his long hair.

WATCHING: Peter's mom Aislinn and grandmother Celia watched through the window as Peter's hair was braided for the cut.

THE FINAL LOOK: Peter Herlihy pictured with his final look after his haircut.

PONYTAILS: 10 ponytails measuring 13 inches each were sent to The Little Princess Trust this week.

Peter Herlihy nervously entered Sean Taaffe's Killarney salon in The Courtyard, where Sandra O'Sullivan, with the assistance of Sean Jackman and Eoin Sheehan, gave him a whole new look.

Peter, who has so far raised €2,800 of a €1,000 goal via GoFundMe for The Little Princess Trust, is still on cloud nine this week as his charitable act is set to benefit four children who have lost their hair due to cancer.

In all, Peter donated 10 ponytails of his hair - measuring 13 inches each which have already been sent to the charity this week.

Peter, son of John and Aislinn, came up with the idea of cutting his hair for charity after discussing it with his mom. And, after conducting his own research online he found The Little Princess Trust which provides free real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. It also funds research into the long-term effects of medications used to treat childhood cancer and illnesses.

“I had butterflies going into Sean Taaffe’s to get my hair cut," Peter told the Killarney Advertiser. "I was very excited at the idea of giving my hair away to someone who needed it more than me. If you want to do something good, you shouldn't do it just to feel good - you should do it to do good".

And Peter's friends loved the transformation - but couldn’t believe how different he looked. They even advised him to be careful in the sun saying that he now needed to invest in sunscreen for his newly exposed ears and neck!

“We’ve been at Peter to cut his hair for ages, but he always said he would only cut it if he had a good reason to and if it would end up helping someone," his proud mom Aislinn added.

"Eventually, he decided that helping those with childhood cancer would be a cool thing to do, so that’s what he did. He was very determined to make it work.”

Donations can still be made by Debit, Credit Card or Apple Pay on the GoFundMe page: Peter's Fundraiser for The Little Princess Trust.

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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