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World champion oarswoman makes a splash at Puck Fair launch

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“I’LL BE back for Puck” is a promise that rings out across the globe every year as Killorglin people now living away from home plan their return around Ireland's oldest festival.

It was fitting then that the town’s monument to the diaspora, on Iveragh Road, was the location this week for the launch of Puck Fair by 2016 World Coastal Rowing Champion Monika Dukarska, who is aspiring to qualify for the Olympics.

Monika joined forces with Puck Fair queen Caitlin Horgan, lady-in-waiting Sue Eyers and Declan Mangan, chairman of the Puck Fair committee to launch the 2017 programme.

One time I remarked to a friend who hails from the Mid Kerry town that Puck is like Christmas for its denizens. She looked at me in alarm, informing me: “No, for us, Puck is way bigger than Christmas!”

Puck Fair runs from August 10-12 and the three-day extravaganza attracts visitors from all over Ireland and the world including the Irish diaspora, who come to see the coronation of the wild mountain goat and enjoy 36 hours of free family entertainment. See www.puckfair.ie
 


 
Above: Launching Puck Fair 2017, at ‘The Diaspora Lady’ statue on Iveragh Road, were 2016 World Coastal Rowing Champion Monika Dukarska, Caitlin Horgan, Puck Fair Queen, Lily-Sue Eyers and Declan Mangan, Chair of Puck Fair.
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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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