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Ian’s shock as he’s presented with new wheelchair-adapted car

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By Michelle Crean

 

Local teenager Ian O'Connell said this week that he "nearly stood up with the surprise" after being presented with a brand new wheelchair-adapted car on Friday night last.

The teenager, who turned 19 on Friday August 14, was invited to take part in the weekly Share the Pot draw in Spa GAA with the promise of a BBQ afterwards.

However, what happened next he never saw coming. The national GAA Golf Challenge presented Ian and his family, mom Nora and dad Mike with the 202 Ford Tourneo Connect. The evening was organised by Liam Daniels, Derek McGrath, Mickey Morrissey, Sean Raher with car sponsors Jerry and Michael Lyng from Lyng Motors Kilkenny.

"I went up and I did the Spa lotto," Ian told the Killarney Advertiser.

"And 20 minutes later Conor Gleeson said we'd go and look at the pitch. Everyone was outside and my dad and mom were in the car. Dad was beeping the horn and every one was clapping. I got an awful land and nearly stood up with the fright!"

Ian was the recipient of a wheelchair vehicle in 2018 when he was nominated as one of the beneficiaries of the KN Group All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge. The following year, he remained involved when he was asked to be an ambassador for the event.

On Wednesday, he said he had a lovely comfortable drive to a hospital appointment in Dublin, and wants to say a huge thank you to everyone who made it happen.

"A massive thank you to everyone involved especially to Michael Lyng Motors and everyone involved in the All-Ireland Golf Challenge committee. There are no words to describe how grateful I am. And thanks to Spa GAA for making my birthday that more special.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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