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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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