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World Transplant Games debut for Killarney woman

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A Killarney woman will represent Ireland at the World Transplant Games in Gateshead next month.

Anna Pokojska received a kidney transplant in 2017.

She is originally from Poland but moved to Killarney in 2006  where she now lives with her husband and daughter.

Anna will be attending the World Transplant Games for the first time and will compete in the 30-39 years categories in both the 30k Cycling Road Race and the 5k Mini-Marathon.

She prepared for August 17-24 games by tackling last weekend’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

“I always wanted to do the Ring of Kerry but between one thing and another and being sick all the time it never happened but I finally managed it on Saturday,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Anna is a member of the largest ever Irish Transplant Team travelling abroad, they will be among 2000 participants from over 60 countries who will take part in the World Transplant Games.

“I went to Dublin on Sunday, straight after the Ring of Kerry where I met the rest of the team for the first time,” she added. “They are a great bunch of people and I am looking forward to getting to know them better and getting out to Newcastle and challenging myself even further."

Ranging in age from 16 to 81, the Irish team of 29 men and 10 women, have all undergone organ transplants including one heart, one lung, five liver, one bone marrow and 31 kidney transplants.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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