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Communities launch freephone numbers to help those in need

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By Sean Moriarty

The rural communities of Glenflesk and Rathmore have each launched a local scheme aimed at helping vulnerable people in their areas.

The scheme brings local charities, essential service providers, sporting and community organisations, schools and churches together under the one banner.

Each local scheme has introduced a new freephone service 1800 929 002 in Glenflesk and 1800 929 003 for Rathmore, where access to services or non-emergency help can be coordinated from the one location.

The Rathmore scheme includes Gneeveguilla and Knocknagree and local services and groups that have signed up for it include Rathmore Community Council, Rathmore GAA, Rathmore Social Action as well as parish priest Fr Pat O’Donnell, and local shops, pharmacies, post offices and vets. Sergeant Paul Lynch of Rathmore Gardai is also involved.

The Glenflesk scheme extends into the villages of Barraduff and Headford and includes Barraduff Tidy Village, Glenflesk GAA, Barraduff Cardiac Response and local shopkeepers like Denis O’Brien in Glenflesk and O’Donoghue’s Costcutter in Barraduff. Fr George Hayes is also behind the scheme and the garda contact is Gillian MacEoin of Killarney Garda Station.

Cllr Niall Kelleher, Mayor of Kerry, who lives in Rathmore is one of the driving forces behind the dual campaign in his local villages, but he did not want to take the credit for it.

“This is a community effort. We called a Rathmore Community Council meeting via Zoom and this is what came out of it,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have contact with all the community groups in Glenflesk too, so we decided to extend it out from there.”

On Wednesday, Cllr Kelleher collected thousands of information leaflets from KC Print and 10 postmen from the locality distributed them in the areas covered by the schemes.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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