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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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Pharmacy jabs begin today

By Michelle Crean  Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.

Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.

Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.

“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.

“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”

Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.

“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”

Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.

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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene

By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.

Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.

The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.

The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.

The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.

“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”

Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.

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The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.

“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”

Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.

For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.

“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”

Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.

Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.

“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”

Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.

“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”

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