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WELL, the date has been named for an exciting annual event with all cyclists, sports enthusiasts and local athletes invited to get on their bikes…

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Cyclists get set for Barraduff NS annual resource cycle which takes place on May 22.

WELL, the date has been named for an exciting annual event with all cyclists, sports enthusiasts and local athletes invited to get on their bikes for a very good cause as the fifth annual 80km resource cycle in aid of Barraduff National School takes place on Sunday, May 22.

The cycle will follow the same route as last year – from Barraduff school to Kilgarvan through Kenmare town, down Molls Gap into Killarney and finishing at Barraduff NS.

“Our regular cyclists tell us that this loop is the perfect preparation and practice spin for the Ring of Kerry Cycle in July,” said Sarah O’Brien of the organising committee, Barraduff NS Parents Council.

“You can set your own pace or cycle with colleagues, friends or fellow cycling club members. It’s short enough to be achievable and long enough to be challenging in a great supportive environment.”

Participants can park for free and register at Barraduff National School from 7.30am to 10am on the morning of the cycle or from 8pm to 9pm the evening before. The cost remains the same at €20 per saddle occupant and €15 for teenagers aged 16 and over.

“Once again, Whytes Centra, Killarney Road, Kenmare, will offer a discounted deal to hungry cyclists as they face the renowned climb up Molls Gap and our very welcome free water and encouragement station, sponsored by O’Donoghue’s Costcutters Shop, Barraduff Village,” added Sarah.

O’Sullivans Cycles, High Street, Killarney, will be on hand to promptly deal with any punctures or repairs needed, while the Order of Malta will be on duty for the duration of the event.

“Then it’s back to the comfort of John Dan’s Bar in Barraduff for a sup and a sandwich, with a great tasty free spread on offer, supplied by local parents and volunteer bakers,” said Sarah. “So save the date in your diary and get training for this year’s cycle through some of the Kingdom’s most amazing and breath taking scenery – you’ll be so glad you did it!”

Barraduff NS Parents Council is hoping for a great turn-out again this year to raise funds for that will be used to purchase IT equipment and teaching aids, which will be of enormous benefit to all of the students.

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Go on…put the kettle on to help a good cause!

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TEA TIME: Nora Murphy, Mary Lehane and Betty Carmody, drinking a cuppa as they raise awareness about this year’s Virtual Tea for Motor Neurone Disease which takes place on June 21.

By Michelle Crean

June 21 is Global Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Day and one local group is calling for participants to get involved.

Christy Lehane, Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA, will take part in the Virtual Tea for MND fundraiser and awareness event.

“We never thought this time last year that 12 months later we would be doing Virtual Tea for MND,” Christy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In these COVID times our fundraising efforts have all ceased, but sadly there is no slowing down of Motor Neurone Disease. Providing the support and services to our Motor Neurone sufferers is now more important than ever before. I am now appealing to all you good people and friends who have supported us in the past to please hear my plea. I myself will drink Virtual Tea for MND again this year. So go on, put on the kettle and take out the china tea pot and get family and friends around to the garden for a brew and a catchup for a great cause. If you do not feel comfortable with having people around, you can go very modern and go Zooming and encourage your friends to do so also. I am aware that some of our MND sufferers are themselves organising Virtual Tea Drinking get togethers.”

Participating SuperValu stores are on board again this year providing tea bags etc. to raise awareness of MND, and staff will be asking shoppers for donations for the IMNDA starting on June 7 to 21.

“I seldom seek donations and financial support, but perhaps in these COVID times when our need is greatest you might be moved to help us.”

Every year MND Associations across the globe mark June 21 as a special day of recognition where the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations across the world undertake a range of activities to raise awareness and keep focused on the search for the cause, treatment and eventual cure for this terrible disease.

You can donate to www.imnda.ie or if you can contact Christy Lehane Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA on 087 9671011.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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