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Thousands turn out for Darkness into Light – Nathan’s Walk

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By Sean Moriarty

Photos: Konrad Paprocki

Over 4,500 people took part in the annual Darkness Into Light – Nathan’s Walk charity walk on Saturday morning which made a welcome return after a two year hiatus as a result of the pandemic.

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TEAM LONDON: Noel O'Sullivan Tara Cronin and Fiona O'Sullivan were amongst the large group of volunteers that helped run the Cricklewood London walk. Photo: Lucia Butler

The 5km walk, led by local Radio Kerry DJ Brendan Fuller from Killarney Racecourse and along the lake shore via Ross Castle, started under the cover of darkness at 4.15am and ended just as dawn was breaking raising awareness and funding for mental health by inviting walkers to take a journey from the darkness into the light.

Although scaled back versions of the walk – in compliance with social distancing rules – did take place over the last two years, the 2022 edition was the first time that a group walk was allowed go ahead since the outbreak of COVID.

“We had a great turn out,” founder Marie O'Carroll, who set up the Killarney walk in 2011 following the tragic loss of her 14-year-old son Nathan, told the Killarney Advertiser. “There was a great atmosphere. The crowd were very good and the Gardai told me there were over 4,500 people at the racecourse for the start."

The organisers paid tribute to volunteers, walkers and event sponsors Electric Ireland, JM Reidy’s and Independent Irish Health Foods for their support.

Meanwhile two walks took place in London and both had a direct Killarney influence on the organising team. Aghadoe’s Liam Kearney took charge of a walk on the London Irish Rugby Club’s training ground.

Tara Cronin looked after the Cricklewood-based launch which first took place in 2014.

She was helped by Ballaugh man Noel O’Sullivan, who is the president of the GAA in Britain, and his daughter Fiona.

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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