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Active Connections is growing in Kerry

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This winter's top transfer story sees Mike Melia and Caroline Poff transfer to Kerry to supply Active Connections services in the Kingdom for Tusla.

Mike and Caroline were transferred from Wexford back to their home county of Kerry, and both will bring their expertise and local knowledge to support young people in need and help transform their lives through adventure.

The Active Connections New Trails programme is an activity-based intervention service which supports the participants and their families. It uses a range of adventure activities in combination with Brief Solution

Focused Coaching to help participants identify and action their solutions to their difficulties. New Trails helps youths, teens and young adults connect their desire for more freedom and independence with the reality that they must take on the responsibility that comes with that freedom. The aim is to instil confidence, strength, new perspectives and skills for dealing with the transition to adulthood.

Mike and Caroline have years of outdoor experience from Whitewater kayaking in Bosnia and Herzegovina to rock climbing in Paklenica National Park. Both completed an outdoor instructor traineeship in Kerry which gave them the hard skills necessary for Active Connections.

Mike has worked with Active Connections for almost two years and Caroline has been a member of the team for one year. To learn more about the team and the transformative work they do check out the website www.activeconnections.ie.

“I'm looking forward and relishing the possibilities of new adventure while aiming to assist in the transformation of lives through adventure in my home county,” Mike Melia said.

“It is exciting being back in Kerry surrounded by powerful rivers, mystical forests and dominating mountains. The more high tech we become, the more connection with nature we need. Helping young people discover this connection and transformative power of nature is incredible,” Caroline added.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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