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€84k approved to develop local sensory garden

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By Sean Moriarty

A new state-of-the-art sensory garden will now be added at the Old Monastery after over €84,000 funding was approved this week.

Service users with Kerry Parents and Friends Association on Port Road will experience the amazing benefits of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound once the new facility is complete.

The Killarney charity will receive €84,292 from the Strengthening Disability Services Fund announced by Minister of State for Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte TD, earlier this week.

Kerry Parents and Friends Association is one of 65 similar organisations across the country to receive a portion of the €1 million once-off fund.

The plants and the materials for sensory gardens are specifically chosen to stimulate the senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. While they are popular with the entire community, they are particularly beneficial to children and adults with disabilities inducing a sense of relaxation and stress reduction and improved physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as an increased awareness of surroundings.

“We are delighted with our successful application for a grant towards a sensory garden at the Old Monastery,” Marie Linehan, Chief Executive of Kerry Parents and Friends Association, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is a very welcome development as this sensory Garden will provide so many benefits to the people we support, more especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kerry Parents and Friends Association is constantly researching and innovating to provide the best possible service to the people we support. We strive to ensure relaxation techniques, peacefulness in daily activities and enjoyment for all and this new development will deliver all that.

“We intend to develop other sensory gardens at our properties around the county also with the help of good people in our local communities. We are grateful for this support and look forward to working on these plans in 2022.”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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