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Pieta House benefits from beauty workshops

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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 centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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