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By Michelle Crean

World Restart a Heart Day takes place on Saturday, October 16 and a local group plan to teach school children some important life-saving techniques.

Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) plan to hold CPR and AED demonstrations, have a school "chain of survival" art display, and will launch of a Heart of Ireland AED phonebox promo video.

"We are running an event at the Anam Centre, East Avenue on October 16," Kevin O'Leary, Scheme Coordinator with KCRU, told the Killarney Advertiser. "We are restricted with COVID, however there is outdoor space and we will reserve parking."

The European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European Parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. This year the focus is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

"With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate Basic Life Support courses in schools and public locations."

He added that the aim of this project is to raise awareness on what to do in an emergency and the steps to save a life following cardiac arrest.

"We have aimed this project at Fifth and Sixth Class although we would encourage all students to learn about 999/112 and knowing Eircode. A winner from each school will receive a prize pack; bag, art supplies, mini First Aid kit sponsored by local and national businesses. The main winner will receive a more substantial prize including a large art pack."

A selection of the art will be displayed at the Anam Centre for the Restart a Heart event on the day.

"In addition a selection of the art will be uploaded on social media platforms and our website. The art competition is focused around the chain of survival, and what students best present their interpretation of the links in the chain."

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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