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Firies GAA members are going to the dogs

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Firies GAA chairperson Bridie Breen, Stella O'Shea, Jerome Crowley, Farranfore Maine Valley Athletics, Tim Clifford, Paudie Deniel and Frances Henderson with some of our Firies GAA's juvenile footballers.

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A DRAMATICALLY expanding East Kerry GAA club, Firies is set to go to the dogs in a bid to create a field of dreams. The club is planning a night out at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee on October 22 to raise funds for the development of phase one of its second pitch in Ballyvarrig, Firies.

The club has purchased over seven acres near the heart of Firies village with the intention of developing the land as a juvenile football pitch, along with dressing rooms, and car park facilities. This proposed development is a direct response by the club to the sharp rise in numbers in the juvenile age groups and to cater for the future of this expanding club.

A working group of Firies GAA members has been tasked with organising a fun-packed race night on October 22 in Kingdom Greyhound Race Track in order to kick-start phase one.

Frances Henderson, representing the working group, said: “We have approached many different organisations within our community and further afield and thankfully, the response has gone far beyond our expectations. This is indeed a community effort to kick-start the vision and it is uplifting to see the community supporting the GAA.”

Frances added: “Our Coiste na nÓg age groups have being growing from strength to strength and we also cater for our young hurlers, which is very popular with our juvenile groups."

Bridie Breen, chairperson of Firies GAA, said the club is grateful to all who have donated so generously. "People’s generosity and support of the club has always been very strong within our GAA family but since the news of this exciting proposal, our club has been has been overwhelmed with open-handedness from the Firies diaspora overseas as well as our own homestead advocates from the parishes of Firies, Farranfore and Ballyhar which encompass the club.”

If anyone is interested in supporting this exciting phase of the project, email firiesgaanightatthedogs@gmail.com and one of our club officials will make contact with you.
 


 
Above: Firies GAA chairperson Bridie Breen, Stella O'Shea, Jerome Crowley, Farranfore Maine Valley Athletics, Tim Clifford, Paudie Deniel and Frances Henderson with some of our Firies GAA's juvenile footballers.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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