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Frontline service received 61 calls over Christmas

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By Michelle Crean

ADAPT, Kerry Women’s Refuge and Support Services, were contacted 61 times for support by 25 individual women between Christmas and January 3.

The Tralee based service, which helps families countywide, continues to operate during every level of COVID-19 restrictions, as it is a frontline service provider to women and children seeking support from domestic violence.

In the two week Christmas period from December 21 to January 3, not only were staff at the centre contacted 61 times for support by 25 individual women but eight women picked up the phone for the very first time seeking support.

“In the refuge over the Christmas fortnight eight women stayed with us and 17 children,” Catherine Casey, General Manager told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Unfortunately we were unable to respond to six requests for space over this time. We continue to offer 24 hour telephone support and outreach support in line with restrictions.”

ADAPT Kerry has also joined its voice to the new woman and child campaign. SafeIreland has partnered with HERstory movement, film maker Marion Bergin, and photographer Ellen McDermott.

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The campaign centres around a really powerful one minute film advert by Marion Bergin which can be viewed on ADAPT Kerry Women’s Refuge Facebook page.

The film depicts with chilling impact of the shrinking world of a woman and child living with coercive control and abuse. While this campaign is about highlighting the issue of coercive control, it is also about highlighting the road to recovery and freedom, Catherine explained.

“The central message of the campaign is that every woman and child deserves to feel safe. It is aimed first and foremost at reaching out to women and children experiencing domestic abuse and coercive control, to tell them that specialist support is available. It also aims to increase general public awareness about coercive control. Finally, it is about hope and expectation that with continued political, administrative and public support, we can do even more in 2021 to challenge fatalism about domestic abuse and coercive control in our communities. We can prevent it, and where it occurs, provide the wrap-around infrastructure, from courts to housing and health, that women and children need when they reach out for support and protection.”

If you need support please contact ADAPT Kerry on 0667129100.

Catherine added that the service would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support over Christmas and beyond.

“It is heartwarming to see the kindness that is shown to families by individuals and businesses across Kerry. Our charity shop will have to remain closed at the moment but we will post any updates on the ADAPT Kerry charity shop Facebook page. ADAPT Kerry also has a donation button on our website kerryrefuge.com if anyone is in the position to support our work.”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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