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Volunteers raise €900 for Trocáire

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HELPING OTHERS: A cheque for €900 was donated from The Friary to Troc‡áire. Pictured were: Fr Antony Jukes (OFM), Fr Liam McCarthy (OFM), Sue McDonough (Troc‡áire) and Ann Marie O'Leary. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Lives are truly changed thanks to the Killarney community who helped raise €900 for Trocáire.

Locals gave generously to the fundraiser which was organised before Christmas, by buying a ‘Gift of Love’ such as chicks, soaps and solar panels ranging from €8 to €15 which will help people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Honduras and South Sudan.

Larger gifts such as ‘Get a family Farming’ for €200, ‘Terrific Trees’ for €85 and ‘Create a Buzz’ for €65, assist communities in rural areas of Central America and Africa.

 

Their generosity now means lives in those countries have been changed, Sue McDonough, a volunteer for Trocáire, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

 

“It was the first time the fundraiser was held in Killarney,” Sue said.

“I lived in Zambia for 20 years so I have insight into their lives.”

 

She added that on behalf of Trocaire she would like to thank all of the generous patrons and parishioners in Killarney who have bought small the ‘Gifts of Love’.

 

“Our sincere thanks also to Fr Liam McCarthy for permitting the project and all the team for implementing, documenting and collecting all funds in the Friary office in Killarney, which was a very busy period leading up to Christmas.”

 

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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