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Beekeepers gathering in Beaufort this Thursday night

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This Thursday the Beaufort Beekeepers invite all Kerry Beekeepers Associations to join the first Kerry Beekeepers Gathering.

It takes place in the Beaufort Bar, at 8pm.

This is the first such event including all the Beekeeper Associations in Kerry and a crowd of approx. 70 people expected to attend.

The idea came from Beaufort Beekeepers Association Chairperson Ulrich Schraewer.

The evening is under the motto: ‘Show and Tell’

Show and Tell 1: Roll your own foundation
Speaker: Tom O’Sullivan (Collis Sandes Beekeepers, Tralee)
Tom is beekeeping since 1977. For the past couple of years, he makes his own foundation. He says: ”It is too simple, not to do it!.” All his foundation is wire free and it works best for him. Why? – Ask him on the night.

Show and Tell 2: A brood and a half
Speaker: Donal Kelleher (Dunmanway & District Beekeepers)
Donal is a beekeeper with the past decade. He will give a brief presentation on brood and a half and increasing the stock of bees for the honey flow. Do you raise your own queens? If yes, Donal has some tips for you on raising queens.

Show and Tell 3: The CDB hive and its benefits
Speaker: John (Tuddy) Clifford (Beaufort Beekeepers)
Tuddy is a beekeeper for over 35 years. He builds his own hives for the same length of time and his CDB hives are ideally suited for our Irish weather. Get practical hive building tips on the night.

Show and Tell 4: Wire up foundations
Speaker: Folkert Vechtmann (Beaufort Beekeepers)
Folkert is from Germany but certainly no blow in anymore. He brings a different way of Beekeeping to the table. In Germany it is common to stud, wire and melt foundations into your frames. Folkert will demonstrate this.

Each Show and Tell session is 15-20 min followed by a QA session.
Stay on for tea/coffee and chat afterwards.

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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