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Relief as couple and baby son home safe from Ukraine

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By Sean Moriarty

It has been a week that they'll never forget - meeting their newborn son for the very first time - and getting out of Ukraine safely before the Russian invasion yesterday (Thursday).

Dermot and Dorothy Moynihan from Killorglin were full of emotions as they were up against the clock last week to get into and out of Ukraine to get their baby boy Luke - who was born by surrogate last week - and bring him home to Kerry.

They were able to fly from Lviv near the Polish border on Monday morning. A day later Russian President Vladimir Putin's troops arrived in the Eastern provinces of the country. The situation there is getting more and more volatile by the day.Luke was born one week sooner than his due date and should have arrived into this world on the same day Russian troops entered the country.Dermot and Dorothy faced international diplomatic complications including word from the Irish Government advising all Irish citizens to leave the country.The couple arrived in the Ukraine last Thursday but thanks to huge efforts from their Irish and Ukrainian legal teams, and help from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), they secured travel paperwork for baby Luke on Sunday. They flew from Lviv to London Stansted on Monday and onwards to Dublin on Tuesday.“It has been quite the adventure,” Dermot told the Killarney Advertiser. “There has been huge emotions in the last week. One of our relations joked that Luke has already been in London – they have never been in London. We are keeping all the press clippings of this time for him – it will be a very special memory for Luke.”He paid tribute to his legal team and DFA officials who helped him get out of the country but also paid tribute to the people there.“Ukraine is an amazing country, the people are lovely, they are very hard working and it’s a very safe place,” he added. “They really did not believe this could happen – there is no way Putin will do it. They are trying very hard to modernise the country and now all this work is pulled away from them.”

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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