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DANGERS OF ALCOHOL: A free seminar on ‘Alcohol & Kids Don't Mix: Talking to your kids about the hidden harms of alcohol’, takes place this coming Monday evening. Pictured at the front were: Claire O'Toole (HSE), Sean Coffey (Principal St Brendan's College) and Marian McCabe (Ballyspillane CFRC) with students and staff from St Brendan's College, Killarney Community College and St Brigid's Secondary School. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

A free information talk on why alcohol and kids don’t mix is planned to take place in Killarney next Monday evening.
Parents are invited to the KDYS at 8pm for the ‘Alcohol & Kids Don't Mix: Talking to your kids about the hidden harms of alcohol’, which is being organised by Kerry Children and Young People’s Services Committee in partnership with the Alcohol Forum, the HSE and Healthy Ireland.

Dr Helen McMonagle, a leading psychiatrist in the field of Alcohol Related Brain Injury, will deliver a talk on brain development during the teenage years and on the impact of the neuro toxic properties of alcohol on this development,” Claire O'Toole,

Coordinator with Kerry Children and Young People's Services Committee, explained.

“Dr McMonagle will be joined on the night by Paula Leonard, National Lead, Community Action on Alcohol, who will focus on population trends and how consumption of alcohol during adolescence has changed over the past 20 years. “Through her research Paula will highlight a shift towards heavy binge drinking and her talk will provide practical prevention skills that parents can use.”

Those present will receive a copy of ‘Alcohol and the Developing Teenage Brain: A Guide for Parents and Youth Workers’, she added.

“All are welcome to attend to hear why ‘No Alcohol’ is the safest option.”

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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