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Schools get colourful for hospice fundraiser

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By Michelle Crean

Eight Killarney schools are planning to get colourful next month to help raise some vital funding for Kerry Hospice Foundation.

The fundraiser, which takes place on Friday December 2, was launched in St Brendan’s College on Wednesday with Kerry All Stars Gavin White and David Clifford on hand to add their support to the event.

The joint school fundraiser, which has been running for three years, has raised in excess of €25,000 for various charities.

Continuing on from the success, the staff and students of Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School and St Oliver’s will wear their most colourful Christmas jumpers and make a donation in aid of this fantastic cause.

The chairs of the committee are all Fifth Year LCVP students in The Sem; Neil O'Carroll, TJ O'Sullivan, Ryan McCarthy, Mark Sheehan and Dara O'Shea.

This year there are more schools than ever involved, something which fundraising committee chairman Tj O'Sullivan is thrilled with.

"It is great to have Livissigeen on board this year," he said.

"Some of the students in the class organising the fundraiser are past pupils and delighted that their old primary jumped at the prospect of getting involved."

Co-chair, Neil O'Carroll, added that it costs €10,000 plus per week to provide hospice services.

"That is our aim – we think it would be incredible if the young people of Killarney could, as a school community, finance a full week of care for the hospice’s clients."

Student Ryan McCarthy said that they are "working really hard" on this fundraiser and "are really optimistic about this year’s event and the prospect of raising more money than previous fundraisers".

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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