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Concerns raised over anti-social behaviour

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ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR: Members of Killarney Celtic FC have called on the Council to address anti-social issues in the Ballydribeen area. Pictured are: Tim Jones, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan and Killarney Celtic FC Chairman Paul Sherry. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Killarney Municipal District are to set up a working committee with all stakeholders to address anti-social behaviour in the Ballydribben area.

The move follows calls from Killarney Celtic FC who brought an online deputation, through Cllrs Niall Kelleher and Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, to Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District meeting.

Club chairman Paul Sherry told the meeting of the difficulties the club faces as a result of continued anti-social behaviour in the area.

“I can list off various incidents of damage, trespass and all sorts of anti-social behaviour at all times of the day and night, and it has even become a sport now for some of these young people to be found running along the apex of the roof of the clubhouse, putting their lives at risk,” Mr Sherry told the meeting.

As the meeting progressed it soon became apparent the issues raised by the club are only a part of the problem in the area, he explained.

Mr Sherry called for Kerry County Council to secure property adjacent to the club’s playing fields. The site, owned by the local authority, had previously been set aside for use by Kerry Stars, but that project has been delayed due to funding and the site has become derelict.

“While I have asked that you look at securing the property, I feel very strongly that this is more than just a simple case of installing a fence. I think that is the easy option but I believe we all know that it will not solve this problem. There are wider social issues at play here,” added Mr Sherry.

The population of the nearby Ballydribben Estate has been growing in recent years but there are a lack of facilities for local youngsters and this is adding to the anti-social behaviour in the area, they said.

“The lack of provision of a local amenity or green areas for children for play purposes has not been a provision in these developments. In fact, at an information meeting of the residents prior to the last phase of development, when they raised the provision of playgrounds and green areas as an issue, they were directed to Killarney Celtic and Legion GAA Club by the developer as being ample provision.”

Town engineer John Ahern told the meeting that he would put a fence around the Kerry County Council property and that he would clear rubble from the site as the first step.

“Long term, there is need for overall engagement with all stakeholders,” he said. “The Ballydribeen residents need to come together with the club, and formulate a plan driven by the community.”

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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