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DONATION: Annette O'Brien presented €5,424 to Con O'Connor, Funding & Advocacy Coordinator South West, Pieta House.

By Michelle Crean

A local make-up artist has been "blown away" by the incredible support for her most recent fundraiser.
Annette O’Brien hosted an online beauty workshop to raise funds for Pieta House.

She has since presented a total of €5,424 raised over two years, to Con O'Connor, Funding & Advocacy Coordinator South West, Pieta House.

Last year during lockdown she set up an online make-up tutorial class for Pieta House raising a total of €2,400.
This year she wanted to raise money again and did so by joining forces with two fellow Cork ladies, a hair expert, Audrey Cashman from Upstyle Junkie and Skin Expert Sherna Malone, and they raised €3,024.

"We filmed hair, make-up and skincare tutorials and made them available to anyone who donated €15 to Pieta House," Annette told the Killarney Advertiser.

"All proceeds from ticket sales went to the charity. The tutorials went live on May 8 which coincided with the Darkness Into Light walk. I also did the walk that morning."

She explained that she feels Pieta House is an amazing charity, especially during this pandemic.

"The support they offer for anyone who needs it is life-changing. I have close friends who have lost loved ones and I see the amount of work Pieta House does for families after someone passes away through suicide. When it affects some of your friends, it's nice then to give something back to charity even if it's through your work. I am blown away by the donations and support. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and hope you enjoyed the beauty tutorials. A very special thank you to both Audrey and Sherna who gave their free time to do this also."

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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