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Kerry County Council, the body responsible for maintaining and updating the Register of Electors for Kerry, is reminding the public to check that they are registered to vote in the General Election on Saturday, February 8.

 

Members of the public who are not currently registered to vote can apply to be included on the Supplement to the Register of Electors – with the closing date next Wednesday, January 22.

 

The relevant form for the Supplementary Register of Electors (RFA2), which is available online and from public offices, must be signed and stamped by a member of An Garda Síochána and returned to the Register of Electors at Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Tralee by that date.

 

Voters who were included in the Supplement to the Register of Electors for the local and European elections of May 2019 are registered for the general election and do not need to take any action on this occasion.

 

However, anyone who applied for inclusion on the Draft Register of Electors in the period since the elections of May 2019 is not automatically registered to vote in this General Election as the new Register of Electors does not come into effect until February 15, 2020 which is a date later than that on which the General Election will be held. Those voters must apply to be included on the Supplement to the Register of Electors on or before Wednesday, January 22.

 

To ensure that anyone who applied for inclusion on the Draft Register of Electors and to ensure that eligible voters have the opportunity to exercise their franchise, Kerry County Council is contacting all such applicants for the draft register to advise them of this requirement.

 

Kerry County Council has published a list of frequently asked questions on its website to advise voters of these arrangements and recommends that voters use the Check the Register website to check if they are registered to vote or to contact the Register of Electors at Kerry County Council on 066 7183530 with any queries.

 

 

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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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