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Creative ideas sought for Cruinniú na nÓg

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Ireland's national day of free creativity for children and young people is happening this June and organisers are seeking colourful and arty ideas!

Cruinniú na nÓg takes place io Saturday, June 11 and in advance of the day, Kerry County Council’s Arts Office | Creative Ireland Kerry Office is looking for feedback from children and young people themselves about what they would like see included in this year’s Kerry programme.

“We want to hear from children and young people themselves,” Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer ¦ Creative Ireland Coordinator, said.

“This is their day for creativity, it is a chance for them to try out new things, or learn more about art forms they are already interested in.”

The Arts Office + Creative Ireland Kerry Office also want to hear from arts practitioners and groups with proposals for this year’s event, particularly those with experience of working with young people and children.

The deadline for receipt of proposals to deliver events is Friday, March 4 at 1pm. The programme will be devised based on feedback from children and young people, informed by what they want to participate in, and witness on the day.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 will be a hybrid event with a strong focus on live events. There will be digital elements and some online offerings, to engage as many children and young people as possible, on the day, across Kerry. Creative Ireland Kerry will focus on live events, working with creatives and organisations throughout the county.

The Arts Office + Creative Ireland Kerry Office have complied a short questionnaire on what activities and events you would like to see happen. It will be available on all the Arts Office social media channels: Facebook: KerryCoArts, Twitter: kerrycoarts, Instagram: kerrycoarts or alternatively, email the Arts Office + Creative Ireland Kerry Office at arts@kerrycoco.ie for a copy of the questionnaire on what activities and events you would like to see happen for Cruinniú na nÓg 2022.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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