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Post communion chop for Karolina

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By Michelle Crean

COVID delayed her special communion day so it meant a longer wait for one local girl who was longing to get her locks chopped for charity.

Nine-year-old Karolina Kasprzak, who is a Third Class pupil in Oliver's Ballycasheen, was originally scheduled to celebrate her First Holy Communion on May 23.

However, due to the sudden lockdown resulting in school closures in March, Karolina had to wait to have her hair cut until after September 19 - the day her communion finally went ahead.

But, with a two week wait to get an appointment in a salon, Karolina couldn't wait any longer and asked her mom Gosia to instead cut it!

And now she's delighted with her new look and feeling proud that she has helped sick children as she has sent a 45cm long braid to 'Rak'n'Roll', a charity for sick children in her parents homeland of Poland.

"She left her hair long for her First Holy Communion," her mom Gosia from Countess Road told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

"I was waiting to do communion photos for her with long her. She couldn't wait two weeks to get her hair cut in the salon so she was happy for me to cut it. I was nervous but she loves it. She looks so grown up and she's more confident."

The next day Karolina couldn't wait to show it off in school, Gosia added.
"She had a hoodie on and everybody waited for her to show her hair! We have sent the braid by post to 'Rak'n'Roll' in Warsaw."

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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