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By Sean Moriarty

Up to 50 recently arrived Ukrainian refugees were welcomed to Killarney at a special Mother’s Day event on Sunday.

Organised by well-known local hairdresser Pat O’Neill at the International Hotel, it doubled as both a fundraiser and welcoming party for Ukrainians who are currently being housed in two local hotels.

Pat and fellow hairdresser Orla Sheehan began the day by offering hair styles in lieu of donations to a fundraiser for the displaced Ukrainians.

As the day went on they were joined by local musicians including Johnny Nolan and his band, Caitriona O’Sullivan and Truly Diverse.

The event was due to conclude with a performance by local accordion legend Liam O’Connor but even he was upstaged by a group of Ukrainians who took to the stage and sang their traditional songs including their national anthem.

While formally known as the ‘State Anthem of Ukraine’, it also goes by its native title ‘Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy’, which translates into English as ‘Ukraine Has Not Yet Perished’.

“It was a fantastic day, it was a great buzz,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “This was all about welcoming the Ukrainians to Killarney – this is their town now for as long as they need it and we wanted to tell them about the various clubs and activities they can be part of. We picked Mother’s Day because many of us are lucky to have loved ones, but displacement means these people are without their loved ones. They were blown away by it.”

A total of €2,000 was raised on the day but the International Hotel matched the figure bringing the grand total to €4,000. The money was lodged in a special account with Killarney Credit Union and will distributed as and when situations arise within the Ukrainian community.

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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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