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Ulster Bank Killarney to host charity event

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CHARITY IN A HEARTBEAT: Brian McMahon (McMahon Culloty Construction), Agne Kremenskiene (AK Interiors), Donagh O'Regan (Reeks Consulting Engineers), Davide Mosca (Davide Mosca Design Ltd), Justin Healy (Ulster Bank Branch Manager Killarney), and Billy O'Sullivan (Killarney HeartBeat).

 

By Michelle Crean

One local bank is opening its heart by organising a fundraising event for a local charity this month.

Ulster Bank’s Killarney branch will open its doors for a special fundraiser in aid of HeartBeat  Killarney, a voluntary support group which aims to help people who’ve suffered heart disease, a stroke or a cardiac event return to living as full as life as possible.

On Saturday, October 26 colleagues in the branch are hosting a home expert information event, where interested homeowners and homebuyers can speak to local professionals, including building contractors, engineers, architects and interior designers, in exchange for a discretionary donation to the charity.

The 30-40 minute slots will take place throughout the day from 9.30-4pm and should be booked in advance by emailing justin.u.healy@ulsterbank.com. In return for the consultations, people are asked to bring a donation on the day for  HeartBeat Killarney.

“We in Ulster Bank are delighted to support Killarney HeartBeat, while also providing an interesting and informative experience for our customers and the wider community,” Justin Healy, Ulster Bank’s Killarney Branch Manager, said:

“Whether you’re looking to build your first home, or renovate and refresh your existing property, you’ll be able to share your thoughts and plans with our professionals – all we ask in return is that you donate however much you can to an important local cause. I want to thank McMahon Culloty Construction, Reeks Consulting engineers, Agne Kremenskiene and Davide Mosca for giving up their Saturday to raise money for charity.”

Billy O’Sullivan from  HeartBeat Killarney, said that they work every day to provide information and events in the local area and need all the help they can get to ensure the best possible support for those who’ve suffered heart disease, a stroke or a cardiac event.

“I want to thank everyone who is involved in organising and hosting this wonderful initiative, particularly Ulster Bank colleagues in Killarney and the experts who are giving up their precious time and advice.”

This home expert information event forms part of Ulster Bank’s ongoing ‘Do Good, Feel Good’ initiative, which encourages colleagues to come together and raise money for a registered charity or charities of their choice.

 

 

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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