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Severe flood sets women’s charity back by thousands

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By Michelle Crean

 

A severe flood - which has caused upwards of €20,000 worth of damage - has set one busy women’s charity back by months after a mains pipe burst causing extensive damage.

Families using the ADAPT Kerry Women's Refuge, a safe refuge in Tralee for those experiencing domestic abuse countywide - had to be quickly moved last Thursday night as the building became submerged in water after a mains pipe, approximately seven foot under their building, suddenly burst causing massive damage to the specialist hospital grade flooring, the playroom, reception area, staff kitchen, laundry room, accounts office, foyer and two apartments downstairs in its Tralee building.

Staff, as well as families who were in the building at the time, were shocked to discover the fast filling water and emergency services immediately moved them to a safehouse.

The charity, which provides services in towns and villages across Kerry, including Killarney, is already under financial pressure due to the closure of its charity shop which was a huge revenue boost to them.

“Luckily we had only three families in that night,” General Manager, Catherine Casey, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“We have had a very busy period with the lockdown with families seeking help. But on the night it was our quietest period in weeks and nobody was staying downstairs. Community Gardai and the fire service came and moved the families to safehouses.”

She added that they are hoping to be back to normal in three to four weeks’ time but are appealing for funds to help offset some of the costs.

“We’re still operating. We rely heavily on the charity shop for revenue as we’ve a deficit of €30,000 a year and it pays for the posts. However, the shop remains closed for now.”

To help with funds ADAPT have added a donate button on their website www.kerryrefuge.com.
Anyone who is in need of support or advice from the service can call 066 7129100.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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