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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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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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