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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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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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