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Exciting months ahead for Kerry’s rural youth!

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Exciting months ahead for Kerry’s rural youth!

Kerry Macra have plans to improve the overall health and well-being of its members by beginning a new monthly themed initiative – starting this month.

‘Get Active this August!’ is the first initiative to kick start the campaign, set up by newly appointed Rural Youth Officer, Katie O’Sullivan.

Each month will have a new theme which aims to improve the overall health and well-being of members and hopefully non-members too!” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

“’Get Active this August!’ kick starts the campaign. The focus this month is to get out and about and get active, and we have the perfect opportunity for you to do so.

“On Saturday, August 31, we are inviting all clubs, members and friends to a boat trip on the Lakes of Killarney (€10) and a 5k walk to Muckross House, with the option of lunch after for tea and more chats. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.”

Chatting to Katie about her new role as Rural Youth Officer for Kerry Macra, she said that she’s delighted but has big shoes to fill.

“This is an extremely important role particularly as Kerry is very much a rural and peripheral county,” she said. “Many issues face young people in Kerry, such as rural isolation and lack of opportunities. This role provides a platform to have those voices heard on a local and national level, and further provides an opportunity to address these issues. There will be plenty of learning and fun along the way. I have big shoes to fill of the previous Rural Youth Officer, Caitriona Shanahan, but I am looking forward to the year ahead.”

And Katie’s work is only just beginning, with some exciting plans in the pipeline.

“Kerry Macra will again be involved in the Kerry Mental Health and Well-Being Fest. Last year, we hosted a very successful screening of Pilgrim Hill in the CYMS Hall, Killorglin on World Mental Health Day. This year Kerry’s Mental Health and Well-Being Fest has been extended to two weeks, taking place from October 5-19, with World Mental Health Day falling on Thursday October 10.”

For more info, contact Katie on 087 7429207.

Also, keep your eyes peeled on Kerry Macra’s Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for further rural youth updates and the themes for each month.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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