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Plenty of Easter fun at Spa GAA Club





Rian and Ella Moynihan pictured having fun at the Spa GAA Club Easter egg hunt on Saturday. Photo: Anne Holland

Blaithín and Ailbhe Claffey with Aoife Foley at the Easter egg Hunt at Spa GAA Club after finding some of the hidden eggs. Photo: Anne Holland

Ella Foley Mairead O'Sullivan and Grace O'Leary took some time out for a photo on Saturday at the Spa GAA Easter egg hunt. Photo: Anne Holland

Ollie Kelly and Clodagh Coughlan at the Spa GAA Club Easter egg hunt. Photo: Anne Holland

Sean Roisin and Áine O'Brien with the Easter bunny at Spa GAA Club's Easter egg hunt. Photo: Anne Holland

Ukrainians pictured with members of the ABC Academy visited the Spa GAA for the Easter egg hunt on Saturday. Photo: Anne Holland

Jeremiah Eve and Daye Buckley at the Spa GAA Club Easter egg hunt. Photo: Anne Holland

The Easter bunny in Spa GAA with Nikki Sullivan Aoife O'Sullivan Sheolagh Daly and Sam Sullivan. Photo: Anne Holland

Leo Rose and Nancy O'Riordan with Aine O'Brien had a great time finding the Easter eggs at Spa GAA on Saturday. Photo: Anne Holland

By Michelle Crean 

It definitely was a day of fun for the kids (and also for some of the adults) on Saturday last as they got stuck into an Easter egg hunt.

There were squeals of delight as the youngsters ran to try to gather as many of the hidden eggs around Spa GAA Club.

Some of the local Ukrainian children were invited to participate and between them everyone had a great time.

"Thank you to Pa Murphy, Anne Holland and Paul Casey for organising the Easter egg hunt at the club on Saturday, it was great to see everyone having fun again at our first Easter Egg hunt since 2019," PRO of the club, Deirdre O'Sullivan Darcy, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We were also delighted to have some of the Ukrainian community joining us on the day and especially to see the younger children playing together and enjoy some fun for the Easter weekend."




Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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