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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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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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