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ADAPT ready to help as charity sees surge in numbers

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By Michelle Crean

A Kerry charity that supports victims of Domestic Violence is ready for a busy Christmas as they’ve seen a significant increase in the numbers needing help this year.

300 women and their children sought help through the ADAPT refuge, advocacy and outreach services.

So far this year there have been 68 admissions to the refuge. The service also supported many other women through their Outreach programme, women who need a spectrum of supports including a safe person to talk to as well as support navigating the courts, medical, mental health, health and well-being systems.

"It is our aim to ensure that women are more supported because of their engagement with us," Catherine Casey, General Manager of ADAPT, said.

"We aim to assess the risk of harm that the perpetrators of violence pose to the women and her children and look at options that can protect that family. It is very important that ADAPT Kerry deliver a trauma-informed response that reflects the needs of the woman. We are fortunate to have the backing of the people of Kerry who support us in this aim, organisations and individuals who fundraise and continuously support our charity shop. This funding allows us to put in place, people and ‘resilience’ funds that directly support the women and children who reach out to us.”

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Homelessness due to Domestic Violence is one of the biggest challenges to face the sector and creates ongoing difficulty for women trying to access safety.

“ADAPT Kerry remains committed to securing additional crisis accommodation for families in Kerry. We are striving to ensure that Kerry is prioritised in any new refuge developments and we are thankful to Kerry County Council for their continuing commitment to tackling homelessness due to Domestic Violence.”

However, she said it can be hard to forecast what Christmas will look like in the refuge. It is the nature of the service.

“We prepare to support a full refuge, to ensure that Santa knows who is here and we provide Christmas dinner. We make sure there is a Christmas tree in every apartment and decorate our refuge, all with the aim of ensuring a chink of light and support during a crisis time and to create softer landings for women and children. We also prepare to support 75 additional families that have linked with us over the last 12 months and perhaps are facing the first Christmas in new accommodation.”

ADAPT gets a range of support from local fundraisers and from services such as Foodcloud, Foodshare, Kerry Foods, Tesco, Oakpark Daybreak, Toys Upstairs, individual donors and businesses in the community who provide vital resources.

 

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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