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

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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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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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