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€10,000 funding announced for ‘The Big Hello’ healthy weekend

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SAY HELLO TO HEALTH: Announcing details of 'The Big Hello' Healthy Kerry Community Weekend from l-r: Niamh O'Sullivan (Head of Community Department, Kerry County Council), Cllr Niall Kelleher (Chairperson of Kerry Local Community Development Committee), Deirdre Hegarty (Health and Well-being Officer, Kerry County Council), and Bill Morrell (Kerry Public Participation Network).

Funding of €10,000 has been allocated to community and voluntary groups around the county as part of ‘The Big Hello!’ Healthy Kerry Community Weekend 2019 which takes places on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

The nationwide initiative, which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, offers a chance for organisations and community groups to host an event which will help people to get know all members of their community, to reconnect with neighbours and have a community celebration that is open and inclusive. The purpose of the event is to strengthen community ties and tackle social isolation. Events are to be centred around food, environment, well-being or culture.

Funding of €10,000 was allocated to Kerry events by the department and the Kerry Local Community and Development Committee (LCDC) who recently invited applications for funding from community groups.

The LCDC agreed that the Healthy Kerry Committee along with representatives from Udarás na Gaeltachta and the Public Participation Network (PPN) would oversee the administration of the fund. This committee themed the 2019 Healthy Kerry Community Weekend as ‘Well-being Across the Ages.’

The LCDC has announced details of the successful applicants this week:

KASI CLG – Killarney Immigrant Support Centre €1,000

This event will centre around the launch of their food market to assist local producers and artisans set up stalls in the garden. It is intended that this event will create a space for social interaction between people of all ages and backgrounds. It will be a family event with face painting, music and food available.

Killarney Looking Good – Mountain Meitheal €400

The mountain meitheal volunteers currently operate in the Muckross part of the National Park.  A social event for the 50 volunteers will be held in Glena, the other side of the Muckross Peninsula.  It is intended that the group will clear long-overgrown trails in this location to improve access for all from both the Tomies and Dinis sides of Killarney National Park and that food will be provided afterwards.

Killarney Celtic Football Club €400

This event will be held in Ballydribbeen Estate promoted by Killarney Celtic Football Club. This event will include Ballydribbeen residents and club members coming together to clean, paint and brighten the area so that all of the community will work together and be proud of the area.

Kenmare Marketing and Events Group €1,000

This group will hold a 2k, 5k and 10k community walk to celebrate the reopening and community support for the direct provision centre in Kenmare. The local sports clubs will also offer two-hour open sessions for children e.g. soccer, GAA and swimming.  A ‘Grow Your Own Fruit/Veg’ workshop will be held in a marquee in Kenmare town. There will also be a summer foods BBQ demo held in the local soccer club field showcasing Kenmare Foodie Karen Coakley. A booklet of walking trails around Kenmare will also be launched during this event.

Kerry Public Participation Network €1,000

Street Feasts to be held by groups across Kerry on Sunday May 5. A Street Feast can be held anywhere; in a park, a front garden, a field or a cul-de-sac.  Street Feasts support groups to host their own celebrations in their neighbourhoods by providing them with the tools, guidance and support to do so. Groups are provided with free Street Feast packs (DIY guide, posters, flyers), local promotion (press releases, features on regional radio and newspapers), local support and admin (every event gets their own event webpage) and street chalk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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