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WELL-BEING: Kerry PPN will be hosting the Community Well-being Vision for Killarney Municipal District Area next Thursday. Pictured were: Deirdre Hegarty (KCC Healthy Kerry), Mike Riordan (KASI), Caroline Toal (Kerry PPN Development Officer), Kevin Murphy (Social Enterprise Manager Eur Óg) and Susan Murphy (KCC). Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Michelle Crean

 

A brand-new national initiative on community well-being is to be rolled out in Killarney next week.

Kerry Public Participation Network (PPN) wants to hear from all the groups and organisations in the Killarney Municipal District area, as they host the ‘Community Well-being Vision’ for the Killarney Municipal District area next Thursday, February 27 in the KDYS Youth Centre, Fair Hill, Killarney.

Kerry PPN is a collective of all the community, voluntary, social inclusion and environmental groups in Kerry of which there are now over 740 registered groups, Caroline Toal, KPPN Network Development Officer, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Established in 2014, the PPN provides the community voice on Kerry County Council committees, such as the Strategic Policy Committees and the Joint Policing Committee (JPC). It also runs training courses for member groups and shares information about funding and activities.

“Developing a vision for community well-being means thinking about what we have and what we need to help Kerry to be as great as it can be for us and for the many generations that follow on from ours.”

Under this programme, the Kerry PPN and the other 30 Public Participation Networks in the country will look at community well-being under the same headings; social and community development; environment and sustainability; work, economy and resources; health; values, culture and meaning; and participation, democracy and good governance.

“By using these six headings across the country, we can see whether we in Kerry have the same concerns and causes for celebration as others.”

Kerry PPN is very excited to be part of the national community well-being initiative, Bill Morrell, PPN Secretariat member added.

“So, for example, if our natural environment is poor, it will affect our mental and physical health as well as our economy. In other words, all the parts of our community well-being are interconnected.”

Everyone is welcome to come along to this event and groups will also be able to feed in online.

For more information or to get involved you can contact Caroline Toal at 066  7183672 or ctoal@kerrycoco.ie.

 

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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