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NICE GESTURE: Staff from Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder on New St donated €2,042 to the Kerry Hospice Killarney Branch on Wednesday morning. Pictured were: Jason Nolan (Head Chef) handing the cheque to Pat Doolan (KHF), Luke Crowley-Holland (Manager), Catherine O'Reilly and Cathal Walshe. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

It was a tasty treat for diners - but a fundraising event proved more than tantalising for one local charity - as they received over €2,000 in funds this week.

 

On Wednesday morning, members of the Kerry Hospice Foundation Killarney Branch met outside Celtic Whiskey on New St to graciously receive €2,042 from kind-hearted staff members who held a fundraising food evening on September 14.

Four of Ireland's top young chefs including Jason Nolan who is Head Chef at Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder in Killarney, Conor Halpenny of The Square in Dundalk, Dan Guerin of Cush in Ballycotton, and Andrew Ryan formerly Ashford Castle Hotel in Mayo organised and catered to 34 guests at a socially distanced evening of fine food.

They were served up a delicious four course tasting menu at the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder along with Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on the Green donating the accompanying wine pairings as well as canapés and petit fours.

Tickets were €100 each and after costs the majority of the money raised went to the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Pat Doolan, Chairperson of Kerry Hospice Killarney Branch said that they are very grateful to receive the donation.

"I want to thank the Celtic Whiskey Bar for selecting us as beneficiaries in particular with Jason Nolan and his team for organising the event," he told the Killarney Advertiser.
"I want to acknowledge that the staff volunteered their services on the night which was a kind gesture. Fundraising for the hospice is challenging so we're very grateful for all the support we get."

Chef Jason Nolan added that they chose the KHF as their charity as it has a meaning to everyone.

"We were delighted to help them out. It is a fantastic cause and they're down in funding this year. The night itself was great."

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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