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Plans underway for new Ross Road counselling centre

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By Michelle Crean

It's hoped that the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre will get a new permanent home on the Ross Road after a site was generously donated by a local family.

The Kerry charity is now seeking planning permission to develop a bespoke counselling centre in Reen on the Ross Road, after the donation was made by the Clarke family.

The construction of a centre like the one planned has been a long-term ambition of the organisation, the year the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre celebrates 30 years in existence.

The centre now awaits the decision of the planning authority and if granted, the build would take approximately 14 months to complete.

Monies to finance the development will be sourced from State funds and charitable donations. The Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre will also continue to deliver services from Tralee and other outreach locations as needed.

“The new building has been designed with the clients we service core and central in terms of their individual needs," Centre Director, Vera O’Leary, said, outlining the significance of this development.

"The proposed facility will offer our professional and dedicated team of counsellors and support team a permanent home where we can continue to provide safe, confidential and free counselling to survivors of all types of sexual violence and support for non-abusing partners, parents, relatives and friends. This is a milestone moment for the centre, with a stated ambition of ours to develop such a facility for many years.”

Chairperson of the Board of Management of the Centre, Brid Mc Elligott in welcoming this development also acknowledged the kindness of the Clarke family.

“On behalf of all stakeholders involved with the centre I would like to acknowledge the generosity and kindness of the Clarke family, in particular Matt Clarke who has championed this proposed development from the outset. Without this philanthropic gesture realising our own building would not have been possible. In supporting our clients and their families on their journey of recovery, it will massively assist our efforts when we can operate from a client tailored, bespoke facility.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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