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Virtual ceremony for this year’s Celebration of Light

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Supporters of a Kerry cancer charity are encouraged to get online again this year to mark the annual Celebration of Light ceremony.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will stream its annual Celebration of Light ceremony live on its Facebook page next Thursday, August 19 at 8pm.

The charity is inviting the public to join with them for the virtual ceremony, which aims to celebrate those touched by cancer and remember those we have lost.

While disappointed that the event cannot take place in person, organisers have ensured that the uniqueness of this poignant event remains at the heart of the online ceremony, with all the usual prayers, readings and blessings remaining.

Similar to last year’s online event, the ceremony will feature contributions from Recovery Haven founder, Marian Barnes, the charity’s patron Dick Spring, 2009 Kerry Rose Sally-Ann Leahy, and Rose Hotel owner and valued Recovery Haven supporter, Eibhlín Henggler.

The virtual event, which has been beautifully compiled by the Ballymac CE Scheme, will again be MC’d by Sean Lyons and will also feature a performance from the Kerry Choral Union.

The emotional release of candles and stones will also form part of the celebration from Banna Strand, with the valued support of Banna Sea Rescue.

Organisers are now inviting the people of Kerry to join them on Facebook on the night for what promises to be a truly special virtual experience.

The charity is also encouraging supporters and followers to be part of the ceremony by lighting a candle in their home on the night. Special Celebration of Light candles are currently on sale at Recovery Haven at 5 Haig’s Terrace, Tralee and are also available at SuperValu in Castleisland, Listowel and Killorglin and at both Mods & Minis stores in Killarney.

“Because people cannot be with us in person and release their candles into the water as they traditionally would have, we would love for them to light a candle in their home with us,” said Recovery Haven PR & Marketing Officer, Marisa Reidy. “If they wish, they can also take a photo and tag Recovery Haven on Facebook so we can share and acknowledge their valued participation.”

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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