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Basketball teams Offer ‘Timeout’ to promote mental health

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Kerry Mental Health Association and the two Killarney teams that compete in the Basketball Super and National Leagues have come together to promote mental health and wellbeing in 2022.

Fans attending home games featuring either St Paul’s Scott’s Lakers or Killarney Cougars will hear information about the ‘Five Ways To Wellbeing’ during the ‘Timeouts’ in matches for the remainder of the season.

The Five Ways To Wellbeing are: Connect; Be Active; Take Notice; Keep Learning and Give.

“January and February are when many of us need a bit of lift. Wellbeing is not just about being in good physical condition,” said John Drummey, the General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association.

“It crucially includes the state of your mental health. If our minds are not in a good place, there can be a series of knock-on effects that will impact the quality of our overall wellbeing. We are grateful to the men and women who play with Kerry’s five senior basketball teams for sharing their ‘timeouts’ to promote the Five Ways To Wellbeing. Kerry Mental Health Association recognises and appreciates the volunteers who work in the background to promote basketball from underage to senior level throughout the county. We wish them a healthy 2022 and every success in their respective competitions.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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