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Fantastic night of African Culture in KDYS

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Join the “Killarney African Youth Tribe” in KDYS this Culture Night for an evening of African music, dance and food.

For the last 6 months KDYS and the Irish Refugee Council have been supporting young people from direct provision to explore their connection to themselves using creative processes such as art, drama and dance, as well as their connection to Kerry- their new home.

On Culture Night (Friday, September 21) the group from the “Rooted” project, funded under the European Youth Initiative Fund, will showcase and share the project and the best of African Culture through dance, music, fun and food.

The event takes place between 6pm and 8pm in the KDYS European Youth Centre, Fairhill and is free to the public. Come along and experience the best of African culture on your doorstep!

Mr Tim O Donoghue, CEO said: “Giving young people a voice and the opportunity to make a positive contribution is what inclusion and integration is all about. Despite all the challenges facing young people today KDYS is committed to Building Futures for all young people and the communities where they live. This is a great example of what results from providing young people with the spaces, skills and opportunities to meet, be included, have a say in their community and create change- regardless of where their journey began.

"Understanding and experiencing different cultures and perspectives is really important in today’s world. Through our partnership with Irish refugee Council we are hoping to extend opportunities and programmes such as this to even more young people. We are also delighted to be welcoming our partners in the European Youth Forum and the UNHCR to the event. It’s a great example of what can be achieved through partnership”

KDYS has an exciting vision for young people in Kerry. A future where all young people can realise their potential, a future where all young people can learn the skills needed for their lives today, and to ensure a healthy and successful future.

The range of supports provided by KDYS to young people focus on helping young people with; active and healthy living, personal development, arts and creativity, eating well and nutrition, helping transition from primary to secondary school, mentoring, preparing for the workplace of tomorrow, team building and leadership, mental and spiritual wellbeing, being resilient and dealing with anxiety, digital and online safety, learning skills for future employment.

PHOTO: KDYS Building Futures initiatives support members like Nyasha Masukui, Precious Ndebell, Rufaro Chitseko, Rudo Chitseko, Priviledge Nkomo and Mongiwa KaQondindlela who are in direct provision. Pic: Sally MacMonagle.

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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