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Free New Directions course for women thinking of returning to work

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A free programme for women who are thinking of returning to work or education, is starting in February in mid/south Kerry.

'New Directions' is run under the Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) and has been successfully delivered in south Kerry five times (moving online during the pandemic) by the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN).

"'New Directions' is ultimately about increasing women's 'employability', this doesn't mean getting them a job next week, more about helping them identify how they can be more employable as they move forward in life, no matter where they are starting from," Cathy McKeefry, Coordinator of the Women's Collective South Kerry, said.

NCCWN takes a holistic approach and looks at where women are at, some may have children just starting preschool, school or college and find themselves not knowing what to do or where to go next.

Some may be women who have taken time out but don't want to return to previous work, want something new but don't know what. Some want to return to education but don't know how to go about it.

"We have run the course five successful times and have seen all circumstances," she said.

"We cover communication, assertiveness, identifying personal skills, goals, opportunities, life skills, job seeking skills, health and well-being, self-presentation, all in a women centred setting, from a women centred perspective, in a small group."

The programme will run on a Tuesday morning between the end of February and June and will cover 14 sessions. It will be delivered through a mix of in-person and Zoom.

It is entirely free and open to all women over 18 not currently on Unemployment Benefit. Lone Parent and Disability payments are eligible.

To register or for more information, please contact Cathy on 087 1462374.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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