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School rallies to raise funds for Dawid’s treatment




By Michelle Crean

A local town school came together for a good cause on Wednesday to raise funds to help one of their own reach a fundraising goal for vital treatment.

TREATMENT: Little Dawid Ciemny a pupil at Holy Cross Mercy School suffers from severe Autism.

Pupils and staff of Holy Cross Mercy School very enthusiastically wore pyjamas to school to raise funds for pupil five-year-old Dawid Ciemny who suffers from severe Autism.

The Killarney Advertiser first highlighted Dawid's story in early December when his parents Slawek Ciemny and Kamila Smietanska launched the GoFundMe appeal to raise funds to bring him to Poland for specialised treatment.

His parents, who live in Courtyard Killarney, say his diagnosis is very complex as Dawid, who currently attends the ASD Sunshine Class in Holy Cross Mercy School, doesn't talk or understand them.

They also say the disease called Autoimmune Encephalitis has taken away his chance for normal development as he suffers from irrational anxieties, sometimes he is too weak to walk and his small body is in constant pain.

Immunoglobulin Infusions have been recommended as the best chance of a pain free and normal life for Dawid - but it is very expensive with each one costing €5,000 every six weeks.

They're hoping to get going with his treatment in April and so far over €7,000 has been raised towards their €50,000 goal online.

And with the funds from Wednesday's Pajama Day - they are slowly inching towards it.

"We raised in excess of €2,300 and we like to thank all our families for their generous donations," Dawid’s teacher, Lucy O'Mahony, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The whole school took part in the fundraiser including our preschool. Children brought in their pocket money. One child in Senior Infants brought in €20 which she got in a card for her birthday last week. More made cards for Dawid. All the children are very concerned for Dawid. They want his pain to stop and hope to play with him in the future when he feels better."

She added that even the bus driver who drives some of the children to school gave a generous contribution. 

"We didn’t know he was aware we were doing a fundraiser. Our colleagues in the Monastery School also ran their own fundraiser to do their best to help Dawid get the treatment he needs. I, along with Kay Doona, Kinga Popoliek and Nessa Casey, decided to approach Mrs Ursula Coffey - our principal about doing something for Dawid. As always Mrs Coffey is very supportive."

His parents are also very grateful to everyone who has so far helped with the fundraising.

"We would like to thank the school very much because without their help it would not have been possible to raise such funds," Dawid's mom Kamila said.

To donate go to GoFundMe: 'The disease has taken control over Dawid !'

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New  bio-energy therapy clinic open on Beech Road

Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily? Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which […]




Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily?

Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which must adapt to this emergency mode.

Muscles tense up, heart beats faster, vessels get compressed, blood pressure rises, body retains water etc. Most of us subject our bodies to this emergency mode without being aware of it.

Irina Sharapova MH has just opened a new Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy clinic at Horan’s Health Store on Beech Road by appointment each Friday.

Both Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy, support the body’s natural ability to heal.

During a herbal consultation the therapist suggests necessary corrections to the client’s diet and lifestyle aiming at reducing the elements that contribute to inflammation, stiffness and pain, and increasing the elements that aid healing.

Then they prepare herbal remedies specific to the client. Client’s medications are also examined to ensure that there are no conflicts with the herbal treatment.

Herbs support healing by relaxing the body and improving sleep; they are used to treat various ailments from digestive and reproductive issues to insomnia and migraines.

Bio-Energy therapy is a complementary non-contact treatment that helps to release tension from the body caused by injuries, traumas or stress.

During a Bio-Energy session the therapist scans the client’s body for signals that indicate that the energy is not flowing smoothly – these are the areas that have reacted to the Client’s emotions of fear, worry, hurt, anger, sadness etc.

The therapist “clears out” these areas until the energy flow feels smooth. Bio-Energy is helpful in the treatment of physical and emotional pain and other ailments.

It is suitable for people who do not like massages and other treatments that are performed directly on the body.

Disclaimer: Alternative therapies are not substitutes for medical advice.
For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Irina at 086 9878941 or via email at Website:


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Spotted an otter lately?

Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals. The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching […]



Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching a new National Otter Survey and has teamed up with researchers in Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to collect and collate otter records from right across the country.

The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey, carried out in 2010-11.

NPWS teams will be looking for characteristic signs of otters at over 900 sites throughout the country, including rivers, lakes and the coast.

Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled for otters and to get involved in this national survey by adding their sightings to the survey results.

Otters are mostly active at night and most typically seen at dawn or dusk. They may be spotted from bridges swimming in rivers or along the rocky seashore.
Otters are brown, about 80 cm (30 inches) long and can be seen gliding along the water surface before diving to show their distinctive long pointed tail which is almost as long again as their body.

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive animals so getting as many people involved in the survey as possible will be important if we are to get good coverage. Otters are rarely seen, so instead, over the coming months, NPWS staff will be searching for otter tracks and signs.”

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“Otters have large, webbed feet and leave distinctive footprints, but these can be hard to find. Fortunately, otters mark their territory using droppings known as spraints. Otters deposit spraints conspicuously on boulders along riverbanks, logs on lake shores or the rocky high tide line. Spraints can be up to 10 cm or 3 inches long, black through to white but commonly brown, tarry to powdery in consistency and straight or curved making them tricky to identify. Luckily, they commonly contain fish bones and crayfish shells which are the otters favoured diet making them easy to tell apart from the droppings of birds and other mammals.”

The otter and its habitat are protected under the EU Habitats Directive which requires that Ireland reports on the status of the species every six years. The next report is due in 2025.

The otter suffered significant declines across much of continental Europe during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s but remained widespread in Ireland. The most recent Irish survey (2010-2011) found signs of otter from all counties of Ireland and from sea-shore to mountain streams.

The otter hunts in water, but spends much of its time on land, and as a result is vulnerable to river corridor management such as culverting, dredging and the clearance of bankside vegetation, as well as pollution, pesticides, oil spillages, coastal developments and road traffic.

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