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Volunteers honoured for tireless charity work

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By Michelle Crean

They give their time generously to a very worthy cause, so it was no surprise that two local volunteers received an award on Sunday.

APPRECIATION DAY: Volunteers with the Kerry Hospice Foundation received awards on Sunday. Pictured front from l-r were: Stella Boyle Marie McSwiney Mairead Moriarty Majella Griffin Joan Flahive Mary Daly Jacqui OConnell Sarah O'Connell Marion O'Connor and Pat Doolan. Back l-r were: Barbara Dando representing Kathleen Brennan Ger Devine Julett Culloty Kay Woods Willie Cleary Marion O'Sullivan Jack Shanahan Mary Murphy. Also pictured: Batt O'Keeffe John Croghan Deridre Walsh Dr David Buckley and Dr Billy O'Connor.

The duo, Killarney's Pat Doolan and Rathmore's Julett Culloty, are very actively involved in the Kerry Hospice Foundation (KHF) charity activities and were recognised for their great work at the Volunteers Recognition Afternoon in the Meadowlands Hotel Tralee on Sunday. They were nominated by the Killarney Hospice Branch.

"Some of our wonderful volunteers were honoured for their wonderful and tireless work," PRO of the KHF, Andrea O'Donoghue, said.

"Jack Shanahan opened proceedings where he told all that in the last number of years a whopping €12 million has been raised. Deirdre Walsh, our ambassador, was MC for the day. We are very lucky in the Kerry Hospice Foundation to have amazing volunteers who are so committed to the cause. The biggest cheer of the day went to Mary Daly of Cahersiveen who, at the age of 92, is still involved in local coffee mornings and hospice events in her local area. A big thank you to all in the Meadowlands who went to huge effort for the day out and sponsored all the refreshments on the day, also to the O'Shea family for entertaining us as always a great support to the foundation."

"Every volunteer across the county works so hard and gives of their time so freely," Julett told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I love being able to help out for such an amazing foundation so I was truly honoured to get an award. It was a special day for all Kerry Hospice volunteers."

Pat said that he felt "honoured" to have been nominated by his peers.

"I feel privileged to be a volunteer with such a great organisation."

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This year's Christmas Card selection were also unveiled by Ciara Griffin at the event.

Ciara is a former Munster and Ireland Rugby Captain and recently took part in RTÉ's Ultimate Hell Week, and nominated Kerry Hospice as her chosen charity for which the charity is truly thankful.

"This year we enlisted the help of artists around the county to come up with creative designs for the collection," Andrea said.

"We were delighted with the response which garnered about 40 entries so it was a difficult task to whittle down the number to the 10 we unveiled. We really appreciate the artists allowing us use their work."

She added that the project would not be as successful as it is without the incredible support of Kerry Group who generously sponsor the production of the cards.

"We were delighted to have Tony Bergin from Kerry Group in attendance."

Most of the artists were present at the launch and included Kevin Barry, Linda Browne, Judy Cantillon, Jane Hilliard, Theresa Horan, Mary McSweeney, Maureen O'Mahony and Kate Shanahan.

"We are confident the cards will be popular again this year - a pack of 10 cards costs €7 and will be available from Kerry Hospice branch members and at various outlets throughout the county."

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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