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Hannah returns from mission of mercy to Ghana

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Hannah Sherry with two of her students in Ghana.

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BIG-HEARTED Headford teenager Hannah Sherry has just returned from the journey of a lifetime during which she helped make a major difference to the lives of young people in Africa.

Hannah’s school, Repton in Derbyshire, has forged close links with the Dreamland School in Ghana and the Kerry teenager was one of eight fifth-year students from Repton travelling to Dreamland for two weeks in July.

Hannah and her fellow students spent the fortnight helping improve conditions for their counterparts in Dreamland.

“When we first arrived, despite having some idea about what it would be like, seeing the packed roads, crazy drivers, and women and children dodging in and out between cars trying to sell all sorts of weird and wonderful things was something I couldn't have prepared myself for,” said Hannah.

“However, if that was a shock, it was just something else when we arrived at the school for the first day and the whole school came sprinting over to crowd around our bus, making it impossible to get off or walk around without at least five children hanging off you at all times!”

Hannah helped with teaching, cultural sharing and hands-on building and painting projects.

A talented pianist and cellist, the Kerry teen also hosted music workshops for the children. “We had the chance to teach children ranging in age from 7 to 14, and in classes twice as big as normal, but despite this, the children were so eager to learn whatever we had to offer, from hangman in Spanish to jumping up and down in Biology that at one school, they asked me if it was okay for them to stay on after school had finished to complete the booklet!” said Hannah.

“One of the most heart-warming things was giving groups of children playing on the sides of the roads, new footballs which they were delighted with and so thankful for.”

Money raised at Repton has gone towards building new blocks at the school as well as its café and library and purchasing schoolbooks for the students. “For them, education was the most important thing and they felt so lucky to even be able to go to school, taking nothing for granted and appreciating all the help we were able to offer them. This included resources for their library, sports tops for each of Dreamland's four houses, and for other schools in the area, lots of books which the children were so excited to receive,” said Hannah.

Dreamland’s school population has grown from six children to over 600 since it was established over a decade ago. “The money raised also enabled us to bring over these resources which are going to be such a help to both the staff and students in the schools we visited and their appreciation and the knowledge that they will benefit so much from what we would think of as so little is an incredible thing,” said Hannah.

“Thank you to everyone who donated or helped in raising money for this trip as without it; we wouldn't have been able to do as much for the children in Ghana as we did, and they, and I, are so grateful.”
 


 
Hannah Sherry pictured with students in Ghana.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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