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Homeless accept help from Council

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RAILINGS: New railings have been installed at a business premises on Beech Road this week to discourage rough sleepers from the area.

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Three of five homeless people in Killarney town have accepted help from State agencies. Last Friday afternoon, Kerry County Council removed materials from a location on Beech Road following a request from An Garda Síochána.

Despite the best efforts of Council housing staff and elected councillors, the rough sleepers, until now, had refused any offers of help. However, by Wednesday three of the five people had accepted offers of help while two remain on the street.

Every evening a Council official drives by Beech Road, where they sleep in a sheltered doorway, and offers them help.

“The Council is aware of two individuals who are currently rough sleeping in Killarney town. The Council does not normally comment on individual cases but the Council can confirm that its homeless outreach services have been engaged with these individuals for some time including on a nightly basis over recent times and particularly during this weather period. Despite this engagement and the availability of emergency safe and secure accommodation all offers of assistance and accommodation have been refused,” a Council official told the Killarney Advertiser.

Kerry County Council provides a range of supports and services for people in need of emergency accommodation and has sufficient capacity to meet the needs of those requiring emergency accommodation.

“Ultimately however it is a matter of individual choice as to whether a person engages with services and whether they choose to avail of accommodation available,” added the Council official.

New railings have also been installed at a business premises on Beech Road this week to discourage rough sleepers from the area.

 

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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