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Tears of relief as Government do u-turn on Ukrainian move

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By Michelle Crean

It was an emotional morning - but one filled with sighs of relief and many tears - as 135 Ukrainian women and children learned that they are now allowed to stay in Killarney.

In a last ditch move with less than an hour before the bus was due to arrive to Hotel Killarney to take them 300kms across the country to Westport Co Mayo, Minister for Education Norma Foley announced that they could stay in Killarney. It came after the arrival of up to 190 male refugees to the hotel a number of days ago.

A large gathering took place outside the hotel which included local politicians, the media, other members of the Ukrainian community who are living in the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa and a huge amount of local people who were all outraged that they were to be moved with less than 48 hours notice.

The main concern was for the welfare of the children who had already been traumatised by the abrupt move from their home in March due to the Russian-Ukraine war. The families had settled over the last seven months in town with many women getting jobs, making new friendships and settling the children in local primary and secondary schools.

Dina Kukushkina, who works in Reens Pharmacy, is one such parent and today she said that they are so happy to be staying.

"I am very happy to hear this news," Dina, who was in the car with their luggage when she heard the news, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"When we heard this information we are very very happy. I still can't believe it, it's incredible and unbelievable for us. We will continue our life.

"We didn't sleep [last night] because we didn't know what would be the result. We just collected our things and our children were crying until 2am. Today in the morning I saw women and they were upset too because of the children because again it's stress and adaptation and it's really hard."

The women and children for now will stay at Hotel Killarney but there's plans to move them to other locations locally in the coming days.

READ ALL THE REACTION IN THIS WEEK'S KILLARNEY ADVERTISER - OUT FRIDAY

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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