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“Act responsibly” say Gardai and HSE as bumper weekend predicted

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By Sean Moriarty

Superintendent Flor Murphy of the Killarney Garda Division and the Health Service Executive are asking people to act in a responsible manner in anticipation of large crowds in the town over the coming days.

It's the final weekend of the summer holidays, coupled with the expectations of good weather and the All-Ireland football semi-final and local Gardai are expecting a busy weekend in the town.

They will have an increased presence in the town tomorrow (Saturday) as Kerry face Tyrone at 3.30pm and town centre pubs are expected to be packed for the occasion.

The last weekend of August is a traditionally busy one in town as holidaymakers take the last opportunity to enjoy the summer holidays before schools reopen fully next week. It is also a Bank Holiday weekend in Britain and many London-based Kerry people are home for the first time since travel restrictions began.

“There were concerns that a lot of people were in the towns of Cork and Limerick for the All-Ireland Hurling final last Sunday,” Superintendent Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser. “We ask people to behave in a reasonable manner and be responsible for their own actions.”

STAYING SAFE

Meanwhile Dr Margaret O’Sullivan, Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the Department of Public Health HSE South, asked everyone planning to watch the match, at home or elsewhere, to do so safely. She also reminded supporters that we all need to be careful, even if fully vaccinated.

“I know that everyone is looking forward to Saturday's game and hopefully to some celebration afterwards. We encourage everyone to remember to socialise safely – if you are meeting up with others you should do so in small groups and outdoors if at all possible. If there are crowds, we need to keep our distance from others and wear a mask. If you don’t feel safe, think about moving to somewhere less crowded and with good ventilation, so that you can enjoy the game in safety and comfort,” Dr O’Sullivan said.

“We have high rates of community spread in most parts of Ireland right now, so if you are travelling to the match or watching it with others this weekend, do not be complacent about COVID-19. It is so important that we all remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measures that we are all so familiar with, even if we’re vaccinated. And for anyone who is not vaccinated, please take extra care this weekend.”

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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