The annual Bill Kirby Memorial Walk, which will take place on its now traditional day, St Stephen’s Day, has raised thousands of euro over the years for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.
The Kerry Hospice Foundation was established in 1990 and is a voluntary organisation who help fund the provision of palliative care services in the county in partnership with the HSE.
The Palliative Day Care Unit opened on the grounds of University Hospital Kerry in 2007 with a 15-bed, purpose-built inpatient unit opening in December 2017. Kerry Hospice Foundation is committed to financially supporting the ongoing cost of running the inpatient unit to the value of €400,000 per year up to 2022 and provides approx €100,000 a year in financial support for palliative care.
It was a night tinged with joy and sadness as a Memorial Trophy in memory of Alice O’Sullivan was presented to the winner of the annual poker competition in the Castle Bar on Thursday.
Alice passed away last year on October 31 but is never forgotten, not only by her family but the close friends she made over the years at the Thursday Night Poker Club in the Castle Bar, who named her the Queen of Hearts.
Thursday was the 10th annual final of the Thursday Poker Night and addressing the large crowd that had gathered, Gerard O’Sullivan, of the Castle Bar, said that Alice was an extraordinary, loveable person and a great friend.