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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.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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