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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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New Fexco partnership to create 75 jobs

Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025. The Fexco Managed Services […]

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Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025.

The Fexco Managed Services and TEKenable partnership will see both organisations co-invest in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Products and Salesforce Cloud Solutions and Services aimed at improving their collective customers end-to-end experience across both Irish and UK markets.

This partnership combines TEKenable’s experience in providing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultancy, development, and support services to their customers, with Fexco’s experience of premium operational delivery, customer management and process optimisation experts. This partnership will also see the creation of 75 new jobs by 2025, with roles created within Digital Customer Experience, Predictive Customer Behaviour Analysis, and Automation & Operational Efficiency services.

“This partnership will help us build on our collective strengths, and deliver the perfect blend of premium operational expertise, support, and resources to maximise the potential of Microsoft Dynamics 365 in improving our customers’ digital end to end experience,” Martin Ryan, Managing Director of Fexco Managed Services and Advisory Services, said.

“This will see us and TEKenable collaborate across multiple sectors and reinforce our position as trusted advisors who deliver transformative services for our clients.”

TEKenable was founded in 2002 by Nick Connors and Peter Rose is an innovative technology company focused on delivering digital services through Low Code platforms to medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland, UK and EMEA.

Nick Connors, Managing Director with TEKenable added that “this partnership will see us work with Fexco Managed Services to bring solutions, products and services offerings that will fundamentally change the end-to-end experience of both our customers, and their customers”.

“We predict that we will see growth from a combination of existing and new clients over the coming three years.”

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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