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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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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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