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Rathmore publican helping those who need it most

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By Sean Moriarty

 

A kind-hearted Rathmore publican is re-opening his closed down pub so those in need can enjoy a proper Christmas dinner next week.

 

Jeff Gordon, who ran Connie K’s pub in the village, will continue a Christmas tradition he started three years ago despite closing his pub in May this year.

 

His service to families and individuals in need will operate from December 23 until December 25. He will offer either a sit in meal in the pub, or a discreet collection and delivery service so those in who can’t afford to put a proper Christmas dinner on the table will not go without.

 

Last year 19 people, ranging from elderly people to those living on their own and a family, sat down to Christmas dinner.

 

His collection service, which will run this year from Monday through to Christmas Day itself looked after the needs of between 50 and 55 people.

 

His delivery service run covers from Glenbeigh to Listowel and last year he either prepared or supplied the contents of 40 meals in that wide area.

 

“The pub closed for many reasons affecting rural pubs but there was no way my conscience would allow me to sit down to my own Christmas dinner without thinking of those we helped over the last three years,” Jeff, who offers a very discreet service, told the Killarney Advertiser.

 

Last year he met a Glenbeigh woman at 7.30am on Christmas Eve outside the Red Fox Inn where he presented her with enough food to prepare a proper dinner.

 

“By the time she got back to Glenbeigh she looked like someone who was returning from doing her Christmas shopping,” Jeff added. “I am trying to help those who are struggling, those who are doing their best to hold on to their house but with the additional strains of Santy they might not have enough money for Christmas dinner.”

 

Anyone who needs help can call Jeff on 087 9534944 in the strictest confidence.

 

 

 

 

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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