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Four Killarney youths recognised for their great work

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Four young people from Killarney were amongst those commended for their great contribution to society during Friday night's Garda Youth Achievement Awards.

Dylan O’Connor from Killarney was one of the Merit award winners at the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards on Friday. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Killarney’s Sarah O’Donoghue pictured holding her Merit award during the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards on Friday night. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Markas Bielovas Killarney received a Merit Award at the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards on Friday. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Garda Mary Gardiner received the Inspiring Our Youth Award at the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Merit award went to Caitlin McEnteggart Firies at the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2022 in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel Tralee on Friday. Photo: Domnick Walsh

170 people from across the county celebrated at the 25th Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2022 in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel.

It commenced with dinner and was followed by a presentation of 25 awards, accompanied with an inspiring citation of each winner’s achievements.

20 Merit Awards, a Group Award, a Special Achievement Award, a Community Safety Award and the Overall Winner Award were presented on the night. This year also welcomed the introduction of a new award entitled Inspiring our Youth Award.

The awards scheme, which first commenced in 1998, are held for youths between the ages of 13 and 21 years and recognise the great contribution young people have made and continue to make to their communities in Kerry.

21-year-old Patrick Clifford from Milltown was announced as the Overall Winner of the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2022.

The Lee Strand Kerry Garda Group Award was presented to Bandage your Language, Mercy Mounthawk in Tralee.

The Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Special Achievement Award was presented to Cian Heaslip from Tralee.

The Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Community Safety Award was presented to Tommy Boyle from Castleisland.

The Inspiring our Youth Award was presented to Mary Gardiner.

20 Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Merit Award Certificates were presented to individuals who have made a positive contribution to their community and make it a better place to live.

The recipients were:

Chloe Lynch Herlihy, Killarney
Dylan O’Connor, Killarney
Markas Bielovas, Killarney
Sarah O’Donoghue, Killarney
Allanah O’Sullivan, Tralee
Aoife Bourke, Blennerville
Caitlin McEnteggart, Firies
Cathal Casey, Ballinskelligs
Ciara Nix, Tralee
Dean McCarthy, Listowel
Ethan McIntyre, Killorglin
Jared Tritschler, Listowel
Jessica Griffin, Tralee
Leah Murphy, Kilgarvan
Nicole Walker, Ballymacelligott
Odhran Ferris, Ardfert
Oisin Colton Foley, Castlemaine
Shauna Riordan, Castleisland
Shay McCarthy, Waterville
Tara Foley, Killorglin

“An Garda Síochána in Kerry is proud of our continued association with the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards," Assistant Commissioner, Eileen Foster, said.

"The Youth Achievement awards provide An Garda Síochána with an excellent opportunity to positively engage with young people, while recognising their outstanding contributions to their communities. This year is particularly significant, as it marks 25 years of the Kerry Youth Achievement Awards and is also An Garda Síochána’s Centenary year. An Garda Síochána would also like to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of Lee Strand in supporting the awards and providing a platform which recognises the efforts of young people throughout their communities. An Garda Síochána would also like to congratulate young people and their families for their significant contribution to improving the society we live in. In a time of monumental change and challenges across society, it is wonderful to see young people continuing to give back to their communities and long may that continue into the future.

Donal Pierse, Chairperson, Lee Strand added that Lee Strand is delighted to support the Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards since 1998.

"Over the past 25 years Lee Strand in association with An Garda Síochána have always been proactive in acknowledging and identifying the positive work by young people and voluntary groups to enhance community life in Kerry. The awards are a fantastic celebration of their outstanding achievements. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and thank our customers for supporting Lee Strand. It is only with the continued support of our customers that enables Lee Strand to continue to sponsor great celebrations like the Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards.”

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Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]

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The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”

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