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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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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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