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Weight to go Noel – as fundraiser helps raise funds for sick little girl

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CHARITY WEIGHT LOSS: Killarney's Noel O'Sullivan is currently losing one stone in weight to fundraise for a sick little girl. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

One way to lose weight is to put yourself out there in the public eye - which is what one local man has done for the month of June.

However, Killarney's Noel O'Sullivan has an extra reason as he's raising funds for a young girl who recently had her leg amputated after being diagnosed with a rare life threatening Osteosarcoma tumour in her tibia. With a GoFundMe page set up, so far over €155k has been raised for the Galway family to help them access the prosthetics for young Saoirse Ruane and make adjustments to their home.

Noel and his wife know the family personally and as he wanted to come up with a unique fundraiser he decided, after clocking up some pounds during lockdown, to combine his weight loss with a fundraiser.

Noel, who is a Learning Support teacher in St Oliver's NS, has been greatly inspired for his plan to lose a stone in June after receiving positive comments online both publicly​​​​​​​ and privately in the last few weeks.

Currently he's down just under half a stone with good food and plenty of exercise and with a few weeks left hopes to achieve the full 14 pound weight loss target.

"My wife became friends with Saoirse's mom Rosanna and my daughter Cora is around Saoirse's age and the family have visited Killarney," Noel this week told the Killarney Advertiser.
"She has a rare form of cancer and they had to amputate her leg. For something like that to happen to such a young girl is awful."

Losing his mom in April combined with the lockdown meant he piled on the pounds so a weight loss fundraiser was his first choice.

"I had this idea to do a fundraiser that would be challenging and engaging and I weighted myself online which was 15 stone 13 and a half pounds and put up the GoFundMe page link. ​​​​​​It's been very positive."​

Noel said that the fundraising efforts by everyone is keeping the family's spirits up while Saoirse is in and out of hospital.

He added that Fifth Class pupils from St Oliver's also generously made a donation of €250 from their Young Entrepreneurs project selling stressballs.

To donate to the fundraiser go to GoFundMe: SOS - Support Our Saoírse.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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