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Funding for businesses affected by flooding welcomed

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Up to €20,000 emergency funding available for uninsured sports clubs and community groups in Kenmare and South West region has been welcomed by Minister Norma Foley TD.

 

Speaking on the announcement today, Minister Foley said she’s delighted that as of today, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD has established a scheme to provide urgent support to uninsured small businesses and not-for-profit organisations who were affected by recent floods.

“This scheme, which will be operated through the Irish Red Cross Society, offers up to €20,000 to eligible businesses and organisations who do not have flood insurance and who have been affected by the terrible floods we saw earlier this year. This will help to ensure that these businesses are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

“Communities have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, however, to face flood damages on top of these issues is even more challenging,” she said.

“It is my hope that this funding goes some way towards helping affected businesses and organisations get back on their feet.

“As significant as today’s announcement is, I know more must be done to help communities recover from recurring flooding issues. I will be working with the Tánaiste to ensure that we do all that we can to support businesses, as well as Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Patrick O’Donovan in order to find long-term solutions for these flooding issues.”

Danny Healy-Rae TD also welcomed the humanitarian support scheme announced.

"I welcome the humanitarian support scheme announced for flooding in Kenmare, Sneem and the South West and ask that the funds are easily accessible to those businesses, community groups and residential property owners who are urgently in need of it following the recent flooding."

 

 

 

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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