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Home PE classes to be launched for primary aged children

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A new series of online physical education classes for primary school children in Kerry, is being launched under Kerry County Council’s ‘Keep Well Kerry’ initiative. From Thursday February 11, children in classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class can log on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 20 minute sessions provided by a PE Teacher.

The aim is to offer the opportunity and support to children and parents to maintain physical activity levels and skills, while home-schooling, during COVID-19 Level 5 restrictions.

The initiative was launched in response to feedback from the community and a need to provide some sort of a physical activity programme for school aged children. As a result, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership have partnered with The Education Centre Tralee and Active Kingdom to collectively roll out the ‘PE at Home’ programme, with the support of Sport Ireland and Healthy Kerry.

Jimmy Deenihan, Chairperson of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership explained that the programme will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two age groupings - Junior to Second Class from 11am – 11.20am, and Third to Sixth Class from 11.30am – 11.50am. Each participant will receive a live PE session twice a week for four weeks.

"This is a great way for children to keep active and to keep well while restrictions are in place," he said.
"Physical activity can help young people’s cognitive function and their attention. So a short bout of activity is a great way to break up periods of schoolwork or screen use, and help them focus on their work."

Those who would like to take part can register now on www.edcentretralee.ie/news.html and through the link on Kerry County Council’s social media channels.

The 'Keep Well' campaign is a national programme aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and well-being by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines. The programme is being coordinated locally by Kerry County Council and many local partners.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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