COFFEE TIME: Ann Marie O’Leary, Grainne Fitzgerald and Billy Carver (Killarney Royal), launching the annual Big Coffee Morning that will take place in The Killarney Royal Hotel on Saturday, April 27. Proceeds from the event will go to Pieta House. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Raising funds for Pieta House is the focus of a fundraiser taking place in Killarney next week.

Organisers of ‘The Big Coffee Morning’, Ann Marie O’Leary and Tara O’Donoghue, are hoping for a big turn out to support this great cause, in the Killarney Royal Hotel, from 10am-12pm, on Saturday, April 27. And everyone is welcome along.

This now annual event aims to raise money for local charitable organisations and this year’s nominated charity is Pieta House in Tralee.

This event has raised over €10,000 over the past four years and both Ann Marie  and Tara are looking forward to generating some funds for Pieta House, whose nearest centre is located in Tralee.

“It is always a great social morning with an abundance of homemade confectionary and the finest tea and coffee,” Tara O’Donoghue said.

“We are so grateful to the management of the Killarney Royal Hotel and their staff who continue to accommodate this event since it started, and we are so grateful for all those who bake and provide confectionary items for the morning.”

Pieta House is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm.

“In today’s busy world, we probably all know someone who has struggled with their mental health and Pieta House does some fantastic work to assist those who need help the most,” Ann Marie explained.

She went on to say that this year’s coffee morning is being held in memory of one of her own friends and work colleague, Brenda Fitzgerald.

One of the big attractions every year is the ‘Big Raffle’ and with an array of fantastic prizes on offer.

It’s one not to be missed, she added.

“The businesses of Killarney and the surrounding areas have continuously supported the coffee morning and this year is no exception,” Ann Marie said.

“We have a host of fantastic prizes and the raffle adds a bit of fun to the event.”


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