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Hundreds of job opportunities at Kerry Jobs Fair

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Employers and jobseekers will get a unique opportunity to meet face to face to see if they can make a suitable match at the Kerry Jobs Fair 2022 next week.

The event, taking place this coming Monday at the Rose Hotel from 10am to 3.30pm, will showcase jobs from many of the leading companies in Kerry attending on the day.

The event is being run by NEWKDs Moving On and SICAP programmes in association with Kerry Chambers.

This is a free event which is open to the public on a drop in basis with hundreds of job opportunities across a wide range of sectors in Kerry. Employers are recruiting in many different sectors with a great variety of positions. Alongside the employers will be a Careers Clinic offering job seeking supports like CVs and cover letters as well as information on upskilling and qualifications.

“The response from employers has been fantastic," Lisa O'Flaherty, coordinator of Moving On who organised the event, said.

"Over 30 employers will be present on the day who are actively looking to employ staff. This is a great opportunity for people looking for work in Kerry. There are a large number of current vacancies across a range of sectors including office administration, IT, accounts, finance, hospitality, manufacturing, food production, retail and more. People will have the chance to talk to employers directly about full-time, part-time, seasonal and remote job vacancies.”

Robert Carey, the manager of the NEWKD SICAP programme added that “it will be great to have so many employers under the one roof".

"This jobs fair will give people a chance to connect face to face with employers. That gives them a better chance of finding something to suit their skills.”

As well as being open to the public Robert explains that Ukrainian refugees will be supported to attend the jobs fair by being targeted with information before the event.

"We will provide a translation service on the day. NEWKD are part of the Kerry Community Response Forum facilitated by Kerry County Council which is supporting Ukrainian Refugees in Kerry and employment is a key part of this as they are anxious to work."

Colette O'Connor from Kerry Chambers affirms the importance of this.

“Over the last few weeks we have been inundated with businesses trying to help those fleeing from Ukraine. We feel this is a very timely opportunity to meet people in person and explore employment opportunities.”

Lisa encourages everyone looking for work to come along on the day.

"At Moving On we have supported hundreds of women to return to work over the years. We know it can be intimidating to take the first step so there will be people available to welcome you on the day. Don’t miss this great opportunity to explore your future career prospects.”

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Ireland’s oldest citizen has Killarney connections

Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week. Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections. The previous record […]

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Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week.

Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections.

The previous record was held by 107-year-old Nancy Stewart who died on September 10 2021.

Although born in Belfast, Máirín went to school in the Mercy Convent. Her father was a customs and excise officer and the family moved around a lot eventually coming to Killarney after spells in County Down and Dublin.

Her mother came from the Rathmore area and her father was from Newmarket in County Cork.

She attended the Mercy Convent and has, in previous interviews, recalled growing up on the shores of Lough Lein.

“Neighbours who had three children were given the job of taking me to school,” she said. “They were annoyed because the children were going to school for two or three years but I was put in to the same class as them – my mother had taught me.”

In 2021 she featured in the book ‘Independence Memories: A People’s Portrait of the Early Days of the Irish Nation’, sharing stories of being kept in school in Killarney during an attack on the RIC barracks down the road.

In 1924 she started a degree in science and a diploma in education at University College Cork, before working in the pathology lab in University College Cork’s Department of Medicine for 16 years.

last year she recalled her story on the podcast: ‘Living History – Irish Life and Lore’.

During the broadcast she talked about her parents’ membership of the Gaelic League in 1910; the Spanish Flu in Ireland in 1918; The Black and Tans in Killarney in 1921; the early days of the new Free State; Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932, visiting the Basket Islands in 1929; and working in the UCC medical laboratory from 1932 until 1948.

This week President Michael D. Higgins hosted an afternoon tea event to celebrate the important role that a variety of people have and can play in different communities and Máirín was among the guests of honour.

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Philip is running over 100kms for Cancer charity

Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday. Phillip has already […]

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Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday.

Phillip has already completed four half marathons at various locations around Killarney – all in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group – or the Cancer Bus as it popularly called.

This is the second time that Phillip has run four half marathon and an official race for the charity.

Back in 2021 he finished with 5km Run Killarney event but his finishing race this time around is over eight times the distance at 42kms.

“We are delighted with Philip’s continued fundraising support but also with his awareness raising for the charity,” Breda Dyland, Service Manager Kerry Cancer Support Trust.

“We are getting busier all the time and still get no statutory funding so are dependent on fundraisers like Philip’s to keep us on the road. We have just put our new wheelchair accessible bus on the Cork route so Philip’s funding will be going towards the operation of this vehicle.”

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