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Schools donate €5k to cancer charity

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CHEQUE: A cheque for €5,440 from the Christmas Jumper Day was presented to Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch on Thursday. From front l-r were: Kacper Bogalecki, Dermot O'Reilly (KHF Killarney Branch), Hollie Spellman. Back l-r: James Ward, Divine Okhaus and Keelan O'Donoghue. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Locals schools who came together as one for charity are delighted that their efforts raised over €5,000 which was handed over to charity this week.

Students from St Brendan’s College, who organised the 'Presents for Palliative' Christmas Jumper Day on December 8, received huge support from fellow students and staff from St Brigid's Secondary, Killarney Community College as well as The Mon, Holy Cross Mercy and St Francis Special School, and members of the wider community.

On Thursday, students from The Sem happily handed over the proceeds, a total of €5,440 - to the Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch.

"We started our fundraiser as part of our LCVP course," Fifth Year student and Chairperson of the fundraising committee, Kacper Bogalecki from St Brendan’s College, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"After having discussed the different charities we came across the Kerry Hospice Foundation. Moved by the nature of services which they provide, we invited representatives from the foundation to come and speak to us about what is involved in keeping its services going. We soon found out about the amount of work that goes into it, and we wanted to be of help. To do so, we knew we needed the whole community to come together. So, we reached out to neighbouring schools and they were more than happy to participate. We were all very grateful for the support that this fundraiser received and would like to thank all the students, parents and others who donated to this cause.”

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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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