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By Michelle Crean

COVID put their fundraising efforts on hold but now St Francis Special School are ready to golf!

This year's Golf Classic takes place next Friday (April 28) at Beaufort Golf Club with proceeds going to St Francis Special School Autism Parents Group.

Funds raised will support the children with private therapies such as Speech and Language Therapy (SLT), a vital service that's needed for all the children.

Teams of three are €180 including a meal. All sponsorship welcome, Tee Box is €50 and Green is €100.

"Our last Golf Classic was in 2019, our 2020 was postponed due to COVID, so we're back," one of the organisers, Brigitta Looney, said.

"We have a monster raffle taking place after the prizegiving round 8.30pm where our top prize is a weekend for two at Parknasilla Resort and Spa. Michael Healy Rae will be our MC for the raffle."

Tickets are €5, she added, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs including three hotel breaks, dinners, lunches, afternoon teas, vouchers and hampers all up for grabs.

"I would like to thank all our raffle sponsors for their amazing prizes and all our golf sponsors for helping us making this Golf Classic a growing success after our long break.

"We're blessed that we are able to continue this amazing service with the fundraising that's achieved so far. The children have their very own private SLT weekly supported by Kerry Speech and Language clinic. On behalf of myself, Brigitta, and the SFSS parents committee Madeline Murphy, Jacqueline Riordan, Tracy Sullivan, Esther O'Hara, Pauline Cronin, Siobhan McAuliffe, Isobel McCarthy and Angela Doherty, we would like to thank everyone who has sponsored and supported us to date and helping us raise much needed funds for this service. Thank you all."

Teams are filling up nicely, to book Tee Time please contact Sonny on 087 2438535 or Brigitta on 087 6303659.

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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.

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

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“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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