WALK: Launching the Kerry Hospice Good Friday Walk in memory of Vivien O’Shea and Sheila McGillycuddy from left were: Cathal Walshe, Tomas Kelliher, Pat Doolan and Mike O’Shea with springer spaniel ‘Bob’. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

The Killarney branch of Kerry Hospice are planning their annual fundraising walk in memory of Vivien O’Shea and Sheila McGillycuddy, on Good Friday, April 19.

Registration is at 10am at the Garden Restaurant, Muckross House and the walk will commence at 10.30am.

“All funds are going to the hospice who cared for those two beautiful women who were taken in the prime of their lives, leaving young children behind,” Cathal Walshe, PRO for the Killarney branch, said. “Their memory lives on through the walk.”

It’s the first fundraiser of the year for the Killarney branch, he added.

“Last year we raised €84,000 for the hospice.”

There are two choices of walk. The first via Dinis Cottage and a section of Torc trail back to the restaurant. The second to Brickeen Bridge and return.

The first is 8km while the second is 6km, Cathal explained.

“There is no registration fee, but donations are welcome through the bucket system. There will also be a raffle for worthwhile prizes and complementary tea/coffee on return. Here’s hoping for a fine day to enjoy the walk through the National Park. Bring along the family at the same time supporting a worthy cause in the memory of two beautiful women who are no longer with us.”

Suitable footwear is advisable in the interests of health and safety, especially along the Torc section, he added.

“Funds raised during the walk will go to Hospice palliative care throughout the county.”

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