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RELIEF: Konrad Paprocki, a photographer living in Killarney, had his stolen camera gear returned this week. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

It’s every photographer’s worst nightmare – having valuable gear stolen – but local Killarney photographer, Konrad Paprocki, was this week relieved to have his items returned to him by Gardai.

Konrad, who is well known in the town and beyond for his photographic work – was in a state of disbelief when Gardai contacted him to say they had found his camera, a Nikon Z6 worth €2,500 and a brand new Gimble worth €700.

They had been stolen from his car overnight when a number of vehicles were targeted in Muckross Mews in Cahernane Meadows, the weekend before last. A large quantity of power tools and other electronic items were also stolen and have since been recovered.
And with a memory card still inside the camera from a wedding Konrad had shot just hours earlier, he wasn’t hopeful to ever see the images again.

He explained that he and a friend had headed into the house to do some work in the office and left the camera and other equipment in the locked car.
And after forgetting about them he headed to bed around 5am only to be woken to flashing lights by his car.

However, as the car alarm didn’t activate and when he peered out and saw nothing suspicious – he headed back to bed. The following morning around 8am he went to the car only to find a window smashed and the equipment gone as well as his wallet.
“The camera was on the passenger seat and the wallet was beside it,” Konrad told the Killarney Advertiser.
“Four cars were robbed that night.”
However, he said he knew the couple’s photos were safe as it’s not the only camera he used on the day.

“Only 10 percent of the images were on the camera,” he said.
“I’ve learnt my lesson. Never leave anything in the car. I never thought it was going to happen to me.”

A person has been arrested in relation to these incidents and further arrests are anticipated as Killarney and Dingle Gardaí continue their investigations.

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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