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When the big ‘Star’ met the little star – Donaghy donates Sky fee to Chloe fund

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APPEAL: Kieran Donaghy pictured with Chloe and her parents Deborah O'Connor and Gareth Jenkins.

 

By Michelle Crean

It was a big-hearted gesture – Kerry’s ‘Star’ Kieran Donaghy not only launched a fundraising appeal for a very sick little toddler – but also donated his Sky Sports TV appearance fee from the weekend’s All-Ireland Replay.

Chloe Jenkins, whose mom Deborah hails from Killorglin, was featured in the Killarney Advertiser on Friday, August 30 to highlight an appeal to raise €150,000 through the GoFundMe page: ‘Chloe’s Journey’ as she battles a rare and aggressive cancer.

Donaghy not only made a video to create awareness about it but also this week visited the tot and made the donation. He also wanted to launch a further video appeal by asking all sports fans, and indeed the public at large, to make the minimum GoFundMe donation of just €5 to help Chloe receive the care and treatment that she needs.

 

"It was just so wonderful of Kieran to take the time to come and visit Chloe and to spend time with her,” Chloe’s mom Deborah O’Connor from Mount Lyne,Killorglin, said.

“Chloe took to Kieran right away and within minutes she was showing him her toys. He threw himself down on the floor beside her and just made such a fuss of her - she absolutely loved seeing him and it gave us such a lift to have him here. I just want to thank him for everything he has done."

Kieran’s visit was particularly timely as Chloe’s parents had just received the news from Crumlin Children’s Hospital that surgery was to be scheduled for later this week. Chloe’s tumour is wrapped around many vital organs and major blood vessels. Her surgery comes with a whole host of complications.

Kieran stated that he was just so moved by the battle that Chloe is facing that he wanted to help.

“As a parent myself, I can't imagine what Gareth and Deborah are going through.

Chloe is such a wonderful little child, it's obvious to me that while she may be small, she is a warrior - despite what she's going through she still has the biggest smile, she is an inspiration. I wanted to help launch the fundraising appeal and raise awareness. Once again, I'd just like to call on the public at large to help if they can at all, by making the minimum GoFundMe donation of just €5 to Chloe's Journey. The difference your donation will make will be huge."

See Facebook and GoFundMe: Chloe’s Journey for more.

 

 

 

 

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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Donation to be made in memory of Johnny Batt

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity. Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer. An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity.

Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer.

An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals with Spa as well as a county Intermediate Championship medal in 1974 and a County League Division One title two years later.

He was also a member of the star-studded East Kerry divisional side that won the inaugural All-Ireland Club Championship in 1971.

When he hung up his boots, Johnny trained and coached many underage teams and was honoured with a hugely deserved lifetime achievement award by his beloved Spa GAA Club in 2015.

He was also a champion card player, winning the Spa Championship of Kerry 31 Card Drive on two occasions.

After his passing, Spa GAA wanted to run a 31 Card Drive in his memory and to raise funds for the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

The Card Drive was postponed on several occasions due to the pandemic – and while some of the earlier rounds were completed by early 2020 – it was not possible to complete the competition that has now been cancelled completely due to ongoing crowd gathering concerns.

“A number of teams had entered this Card Drive competition (two people per team) and it started in early 2020 and most but not all of the early rounds did get played,” club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy, said.

“When COVID-19 hit they delayed the next stages of the competition.”

Nevertheless, teams had paid entry fees and it was decided to handover the funds raised to the Comfort for Chemo charity at the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

Members of the organising team met this week to reveal the winners of spot prizes had the event gone ahead. The money will be handed over next week to the charity when the final amount is totalled.

“They kept delaying and postponing but at this point have decided to cancel it completely and make the donation for the money that was collected at the time,” added Deirdre.

WINNERS

The prize-winning teams are:

€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: John Kerins and Tim McCarthy
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Con Lynch and Alan Cronin
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Finbarr Godfrey and Tim Regan
€50 voucher (each) for Killarney Carpet & Furniture Centre: Seanie Kelliher and Connie Doolan
Bottle of whiskey and bottle of wine: Peter Cahill and Barry Duggan

The club also thanked event sponsors: Skellig Hotel Dingle, Kennelly’s Pharmacy, Hegarty’s Spar Muckross Road, Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney Oil, O’Leary’s Electrical, Paul Herlihy Contractor, Liam Chute, Killarney Oaks Hotel and Bowler’s Centra.

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