Connect with us

News

Sanctuary Runners plan ambitious diverse relay team

Published

on

&

 

The Kerry Sanctuary Runners groups in Killarney, Tralee and Kenmare, who use running, jogging and walking to bring together asylum seekers, refugees and wider Irish society, are calling on the people of Kerry to help them with an ambitious bid to build the world’s most diverse relay team.

 

And on June 6, they, along with Sanctuary Runners in Ireland and across the world, will don their iconic blue running tops to run in the virtual Cork City Marathon for the ‘Light at the end of the Tunnel’ event.

While some will take on the full or half marathon distance, the majority will run, jog, walk or crawl a leg of the relay – just over eight kilometres in distance.

Pauline Dennigan from Tralee Sanctuary Runners is hoping that people in Kerry can do their bit to help an initiative which has been pivotal in breaking down barriers between those in Direct Provision and wider society over the last three years.

“There are now 26 Sanctuary Runner groups across Ireland with well over 3,000 regular participants - about a quarter of those being people currently living in Direct Provision and the rest from wider Irish society," she said.

"As our group here in Kerry grows we really want to throw out a warm welcome for everybody to join us. There is no fundraising involved and while for now we are running, jogging and walking virtually we hope to be able to come together in small pods at least in the weeks to come.”

An impact study carried out by the Sanctuary Runners in 2020 found that 82 percent of those in Direct Provision who participated with the local Sanctuary Runner groups felt the evolving experience made them feel more welcome. And 42 percent of Sanctuary Runners not living in Direct Provision said the experience was the first in their lives where they’d got to know someone seeking asylum and interact on an equal footing.
“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” Pauline said. "The running is just a vehicle for conversation, friendship and respect. We run a little, we laugh a lot.”
The Sanctuary Runners was named as one of the leading solidarity-through-sport initiatives in the European Union by the European Commission in 2019. Focusing on ‘solidarity’ rather than ‘charity’ its only ask of members is their time.
Organisers are hoping running clubs, students, community groups and companies in the local area will support the initiative.

To find out more visit sanctuaryrunners.ie or email srcorkmarathon2021@gmail.com.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

Published

on

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

Continue Reading

News

Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

Published

on

0210646_0210265shutterstock1442995190.jpg

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending