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Gardai plan second annual gala ball

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GARDA BALL: Announcing details of this year's Garda Ball Black Tie event were: Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster, Superintendent Flor Murphy, Vera O'Leary (Director of the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre), Detective Inspector Paul Kennedy, Sergeant Dermot O'Connell and James O'Connor (Killarney Oaks). Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

It’s out of the blue uniforms and time to get into the glitzy gear for members of An Garda Siochana – as details of this year’s Garda Black Tie Gala Ball have been announced.

The Killarney Oaks Hotel on Friday, October 4 is the place to be for a champagne and canapé reception from 6.30pm, followed by a five course sit down meal.

And the event is open to the public with proceeds of this year’s event going to the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre.

The Kerry Division of An Garda Siochana, under the direction of Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster, are delighted to be hosting a Black Tie Gala Ball, explained Garda Gillian MacEoin, who is helping to organise the event.

“Last year’s Garda Ball was such a success that we had profits left over which we donated to the Kerry Mountain Rescue and the Kerry/Cork Cancer Link Bus.

“This year we have chosen to nominate the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre as the beneficiary of our ball. All profits made from ticket sales for this year will go to this centre.”

The wonderfully entertaining ‘The Bentley Boys Band’ will have everyone on their feet after the meal, dancing into the night, she added.

The Kerry Garda Dress Dance used to be a yearly event spanning decades, and the Kerry Division resurrected it last year.

“Last year’s ball was such a fabulous success so this year’s gala ball is expected to be no different. We have fabulous spot prizes, kindly donated by many businesses in Kerry, and we will have a professional photographer on hand that night to capture all the glitz and glamour. All guests will then be given a professional photograph of themselves at the ball as a keepsake.”

Tickets are priced at €70 each and are available from any of the Kerry Garda Black Tie Gala Ball committee members in any Garda Station in Kerry.

 

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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