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By Michelle Crean 

This week the Ukrainian community wrote an open letter to sincerely thank the entire community for their support.

The 135 women and children were left shocked last week learn that they had just 48 hours notice to leave Hotel Killarney and move to Mayo as over 300 asylum seekers arrived to the town.

Shaken by the news, they were soon relieved to find the community rally behind them to help them to stay as children had settled in school and women found jobs locally.

“On the day of our departure, we were devastated, our children were sad, we cried all night, because Killarney became a second home for us and our children, where their calm, safe life began. All the management and staff of Hotel Killarney has supported us from the first days of our stay in this wonderful hotel and our families felt cared. The school has become a second home for our children, because we did not even expect such a caring attitude from the teachers and the school principal. These are incredible people with big hearts who helped our children adapt to their new school, language, and customs from April to June. And as a result, our children happily ran to school on September 1, because they couldn't wait to meet their new friends and teachers. We would like to express our special thanks to the teaching staff of St Oliver's School headed by principal Mr Colm Ó Suilleabháin and principal of St Brendan’s College Sean Coffey, the teams of other schools where our students study.

Thank all the parents, students and friends of the schools that our children are studying at for your support on the day and all the campaigning you all did on our behalf, thank you! After learning about our situation, Cllr Niall Kelleher, reacted immediately and tried to solve our problem in a positive way. Together with him, all the team and volunteers of the KASI office worked on solving this situation.

Thanks to Sheila Casey, Brendan Griffin, Norma Foley and all the other TD’s, councillors and politicians that fought for us. Now we are happy. Everyone has a home in this beautiful city among the kindest Irish people, who supported us this seven months and did not leave us in trouble, coming to support us on the day of our departure. We thank the residents of the city for their support, empathy and active public stance, especially Jean Eustace and Sophia Stebakova. We would like to thank our Ukrainians, who also did not stand aside and came to support us. We were really touched! Special thanks to people from hotel Innisfallen, Eviston House, McSorleys, staff from Hotel Killarney. Thank to all local volunteers, activists and NGO’s there are too many of ye to mention; you all know who you are we are eternally grateful for your efforts, your support and kindness. A huge thank you to all residents of the town of Killarney, which has become very close to us,” sincerely yours, all Ukrainian families.

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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