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Sisters are doing it for others by chopping their locks!

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By Michelle Crean

Not one, not even two, but three sisters were not "doin it for themselves" but instead for others - after donating a total of 24 inches of hair to charity.

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Proving that they each have a kind heart, Rebecca (10), Ava (8) and Ciara Knee (6) from Renasup, went for the big chop after being inspired by a friend.

The girls, all pupils in Gneeveguilla National School, headed to Aileen's Hair Salon in Knocknagree where their regular hairdresser Noreen Brosnan got the scissors out for the hair transforming act of charity.

And the idea for all three to take part in the charity act in aid of the Little Princess Trust was through Rebecca's friend Elaine McCarthy who got the chop for it last year.

"Rebecca was going to do it last year as her best friend did it," the girls' mom Anita told the Killarney Advertiser.

And when the girls heard about it they all decided to do it and let their hair grow longer, however they waited until Ava's communion was over the Saturday before the big chop, she added.

Third Class pupil Ava was up first followed by Fourth Class pupil Rebecca and finally it was First Class pupil Ciara's turn, watched on by their little brother Jamie (4).

"Ava was first up, she was fierce excited altogether. Rebecca went next and was excited and nervous as she had longer hair but she said she should have cut more off! Ciara was delighted with herself as well after."

Anita added that both herself and husband Ger are extremely proud of the girl's generosity.

They even inspired Ava's friend Amelia Fleming who also got her hair cut for the charity last Wednesday and Rebecca's friend Elaine, who originally got the chop, to do it again!

"They are privileged to be able to do it. They know it goes to someone who needs it. We're very proud of them."

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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