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AWARD: Ben Cussen, Aoife O'Brien, Darja Puzanova, Julia Olabode and Caoimhe Fleming awarded this week for their 'Be Dementia Aware' Young Social Innovators project. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Michelle Crean

Socially conscious secondary school students from Killarney have received another award for their dedication to Dementia awareness.

The group 'Be Dementia Aware' from Killarney Community College, who appeared just weeks ago on RTÉ's 'Today Show' with Maura and Dáithí, received the Young Social Innovators (YSI) 'Schools of Excellence Award' on Tuesday.

The award, which they'll physically receive in December due to the current restrictions, recognises the commitment and leadership within schools in supporting student and teacher involvement in social innovation education.

Students Ben Cussen, Aoife O'Brien, Darja Puzanova, Julia Olabode and Caoimhe Fleming, now in Leaving Cert, began their project when in Transition Year and have won many awards including Cork Speakout, a National Young Social Innovators Social Media Award in Croke Park, and earlier this year a Garda Youth Award.

Some school teachers with five-years of participation in YSI received the 'Let Them Shine' award including their hardworking teacher Lorraine Crowley.

"We started our YSi project in Transition Year," student Darja told the Killarney Advertiser. "We researched different topics and spoke about different issues. Some students had relatives and teachers had family members with Dementia and told us some very touching stories. We are thrilled with this award. It helps promote awareness on Dementia."

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Addressing the awards participants and winners, President of Ireland and Young Social Innovators Patron, Michael D. Higgins, wrote:

“I believe passionately that young people can be the powerful catalysts for social change when given the opportunity and support, such as that which we showcase at Young Social Innovators. I want to say how inspired I am by your endeavours. You are the future, but we need you to help shape the future that you will inherit. The future is not something provided to you, but something you create. Young Social Innovators gives you an opportunity to do that.”

Principal Stella Loughnane noted that the school is very lucky to have such a great bunch of conscientious students.

"We count ourselves extremely lucky to have such an exemplary group of students whom are not only role models for their peers but also exemplify everything good about teenagers and what they can achieve. The awareness they have created about such a notable cause is amazing and we are delighted their achievements are now being recognised and celebrated on a national level."

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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