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Calls to postpone winter time change for duration of lockdown

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By Sean Moriarty

With the clock set to go back one hour on Sunday signalling the arrival of winter time, Cllr Michael Gleeson is calling on the Government to postpone the time change until after the six week Level 5 lockdown.

He is concerned that the darker evenings will cause further stress to people who already feel isolated.

During the first lockdown which began in March, just as the evenings were getting longer, people were still able to get out and about, even within the 5km limit.

From next week, Cllr Gleeson says people will be confined to their homes from 5pm each evening until 8am the next morning.

“I believe that the Government should seriously consider reverting to new time for the six-week lockdown thus allowing the elderly, the newly unemployed and all others who are restricted an additional hour of evening daylight during which they could recreate, work out the back or in their gardens,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Most importantly it would reduce the length of time of their confinement indoors which many people find very difficult and will be even more so now due to the additional hours of darkness.”

One of the reasons Day Light Saving was introduced was to allow children travel to school each morning in daylight.

“As most school children travel by either cars or buses to schools, the additional darkness during the mornings would not be an undue inconvenience for the six weeks. I'm sure that the innate generosity of children and young adults would wish to make life as tolerable as possible for their grandparents and for their elderly neighbours,” he added.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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