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Classic car run to raise funds for seriously injured Barraduff man






The family of a popular Barraduff man who suffered serious injures in an accident in June have paid tribute to the local community who have supported them in their difficult times.

Jerry O’Leary, of Cornhill, Barraduff, suffered serious injuries in an accident near his home on June 12.

Jerry is well-known in the locality, particularly amongst car enthusiasts in the area. He was a long-time mechanic at Bowler’s Toyota in Killarney before moving to Mondelez (or as it's better known Cadbury’s) in Rathmore.

The accident left him with life-changing injuries.

On the day of the accident he was taken to Kerry General Hospital and from there airlifted to the Mater hospital in Dublin where he underwent major surgery.

He was critical and spent two weeks in ICU attached to a large ventilator and having one-to-one 24 hour nursing care.

Jerry is at present in the Spinal Unit and is still being assisted by a ventilator and is communicating with help of a voice box.

Jerry needs constant care, including physiotherapists, speech and language and occupational therapists.

Family and friends are currently raising funds so his house can be upgraded and allow him to return home.

His wife Bina and children Gearoid and Michael thanked the local community for their fundraising efforts so far.

“Our life was turned upside down on June 12, but with the wonderful support of family, friends and the whole community they have guided us through this time,” said Bina.
“Any money raised will go towards getting Jerry home, through adapting the house and whatever else he may need to come home. We would like to thank everyone for their support and kindness over the last few months and may god bless you all.”

The latest fundraising effort is being organised by the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club on Sunday.

They are running a classic car, tractor and truck run in Barraduff to help raise vital funds for the O’Leary family.

Registration for the run will start at 9.30 am at Barraduff Community Field, Shronedarragh, and will depart at 1130 am.

“This dual run is the last event in what was a busy year celebrating the club’s ten year anniversary and there is always something special about a joint car and tractor run,” said club secretary Richard O’Donoghue.

"Our previous club runs have covered much of the county and we are delighted to be hosting a Run in the Headford area."



Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]




The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!


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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]




Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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