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Crokes plant the seed for a new green project

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LAUNCH: Mike Moloney, Ross Rd, Dr Crokes’ full-back at the launch with his sons Hugh and Shay.

By Michelle Crean
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Dr Crokes have launched a new initiative for the members of the Saturday Morning Academy – and it’s set to grow beyond their wildest expectations.

 

As part of the Dr Crokes Health and Well-being committee, the ‘Grow it Forward’ project was launched by club chairman Matt O’Neill.

The project has twin objectives; The young girls and boys will learn how to grow their own vegetables from seed on their own windowsill, or in a sunny back garden spot, then follow through to planting and to full growth, ready for eating, and they’ll also learn to recycle and re-use plastic containers etc., that families get in their weekly grocery shopping.

Free starter kits including seeds for lettuce, carrots, beetroot, peas, tomatoes and greens were distributed at the launch.

GREEN FINGERS: David Byrne, Knockeenduff with his sons John and David getting ready to plant their seeds.

Everything supplied is free and no previous gardening experience is necessary as full instructions and help from club members and keen gardeners, who will mentor the youngsters, will be available.

Those involved in the project include Niall Keogh, Micheál Fitzgerald, Gene O’Doherty, Sinéad O’Mara, Risteárd Clancy, and Eamonn Fitzgerald.

“I am delighted to see Dr Crokes‘ Healthy Club group engaging with our younger members in this way,” Club Chairman Matt O’Neill said.

“It is fantastic for young people to learn and see for themselves the cycle of growth from seed to plant and on to something we can eat. There is nothing like eating something you’ve grown from seed yourself. We may have to open a Farmer’s Market next year.”

Parent David Byrne added that they moved into a new house in Knockeenduff recently and that this project couldn’t have come at a better time for his two boys, John (6) and David (4).

“They were so enthusiastic when they got the starter kits that they were up early on the morning after the launch and tackled an old broken down section of the back garden, cleaned it up and made a raised bed. They found the ‘Grow it Forward’ video very helpful and easy to follow. This is a great community project by Dr Crokes for young players and it is great that they can call on experienced gardeners in the club, who will advise and encourage them on their new journey and it will be a journey from seed to table. Well done Dr Crokes.”

If anyone wasn’t able to attend the launch and wishes to join up they can contact Eamonn Fitzgerald at the Academy on Saturday morning.

COMMITTEE: Dr Crokes’ Health and Well-being committee members Sinéad Sugrue, Bridgefield with her two sons Dara and Gearóid, Risteárd Clancy, Micheál Fitzgerald, and Éamonn Fitzgerald.

 

 

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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