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Tetiana Olkhovikova “I want to go back to February 23, but I have to move on”




Tetiana Olkhovikova lived in Kyiv in a high-rise building.

On the evening of February 23, she sat in her kitchen and prepared documents for the court process, drank tea, looked at the lights of the big city and planned her future.

Tetiana is a successful young lawyer in the field of judicial law.

On the morning of February 24, flashes of rocket fire around Kyiv and explosions could be seen and heard from the windows of her house. The war began. Life changed in an instant.

For several nights, the young woman and her boyfriend spent time in the basement, because it was dangerous to stay in the apartment on the 24th floor.

Especially when a Russian missile hit the ninth floor of a building a few blocks away from Tetiana.

Then they decided to go to western Ukraine. Evacuation trains going from the capital to western Ukraine were full of people. People travelled for many hours while standing, there was no place to sit down. Suitcases that did not fit on the train were simply left on the railway station platform. Tetiana spent 12 hours in such a train standing in the corridor.

All the time, she, as a lawyer, thought that all norms of international law, all laws on people's rights were destroyed by the Russians overnight.

All that knowledge she received at the University and relied on in her professional activities, turned out to be worthless.

Tetiana experienced a strong emotional upheaval when she realised that the laws no longer protect the lives and dignity of people, nor their property or business. Everything collapsed because of the brutal aggression of the Russian army.

Once in Ireland, Tetiana worked for a while in a cafe, but realised that she would be more useful in her main specialty as a lawyer.

Therefore, the young woman decided to help Ukrainians who, like her, face many legal issues here in Ireland every day.

"How to get a residence permit, how to organise your own business, how to arrange for the children to move, how to pay taxes, how to find a place to rent?" and many other "hows" she began to explain on her Instagram page ‘From_Ukraine_to_Ireland’.

Her audience is growing every day, in four months there are already more than 4,000 subscribers.

Currently, Tatyana conducts live broadcasts for Ukrainians in Ireland and Ukraine, records videos, explaining basic legal issues.

Every day, she receives more and more questions from Ukrainians. To do this, Tetiana studies the legislation of Ireland and helps her compatriots find answers and understand the legislation in the new country.
She also founded a Telegram channel for lawyers from Ukraine, where they discuss professional issues and plan professional development.

Soon Tetiana is going to a conference in Dublin. Her goal is to improve her English and find a job in a law firm.

She will be happy if she can work for a law firm in Ireland. She believes that providing advice to newly arrived Ukrainians in Ireland can become a separate area of ​​local law firms.

Tetiana still believes that laws exist to protect people and make their lives comfortable and orderly.

Tetiana does not hide that sometimes it is very difficult for her emotionally: a foreign country, separation from home and loved ones, a new life in which you cannot plan anything in advance.

Tetiana admits that she would like to return to her past life, on the day of February 23, when she spent the evening in her cozy kitchen. But she is forced to get up and move on. Walking in the park, running and cycling help her in this.

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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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St Patrick’s Day parade winners announced

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney. Delighted […]



Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Delighted club representatives were presented with the Seán O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy – in memory of the former Mayor of Killarney and parade stalwart – at a gala presentation of prizes in the International Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night.

The award for the Best Interpretation of the Theme, which was Killarney: Experience More, went to the Wander Wild Festival who received the Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of another former mayor of the town who spearheaded the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations for many years.

The John ‘Killer’ O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the Best Sporting Entry was won by Killarney Athletic AFC and the Peter Irwin Memorial Trophy for the Best Marching Group and Cultural/Arts Entry went to Millstreet Pipe Band.

The Best Sports Club was Spa GAA, the Best Children’s Group prize was won by Kilcummin Comhaltas and the Best New Entry was Killarney Rugby Football Club.

There was an international flavour to the Best Musical Entry which was scooped by the Glenridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey.

The prize for the Best Voluntary Group went to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, the Best School Award went to the Fiona Crowley Stage School and the Best Activity Group was deemed to be Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

The Most Entertaining Entry went to the Killarney Tidy Towns group, the prize for the Most Original Entry was won by Liebherr Container Cranes and the Most Imaginative Entry in the parade was the Art House, Killarney.

The Most Stylish Entry prize was awarded to the Ukrainian community whose representative said they were delighted to play a part in Ireland’s national holiday and thanked the people of Killarney for the warm welcome they have received.

Other prizes presented on the night included the Best Window Display which went to Christy Healy’s on New Street who were celebrating 100 years in business on St Patrick’s Day, while the Europe Hotel and Resort won the Best Green-Themed Building prize.

The judges for the parade were Br Pat Lynch, Guardian, Franciscan Friary, Pam Brosnan, Killarney Musical Society and Denis McMahon.

The awards were presented by Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Chairman Paul Sherry, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Senior Executive Bridget O’Keeffe, and parade grand marshal Cathal P Walshe.

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