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Inspirational Ian receives Garda Youth Achievement Award

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An inspirational teenager from Killarney, who has had to overcome great challenges, was this week named the Overall Winner of the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2018.
17 year-old Ian O’Connell from Killarney was described as “an outstanding individual, an inspiration to all” and “a true real life hero” at the awards ceremony held in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee on Friday last.
Over 250 people from across the county attended the ceremony, where 20 Merit Awards, a Group Award, a Special Achievement Award, a Community Safety Award and the Overall Winner Award were presented on the night.
When Ian was 16 years-old, he became paralysed from the neck down after falling off his bike in the Killarney National Park. The entire country was inspired by Ian O'Connell's remarkable interview on the Late Late Show last May. His motto if I can’t stand up, I will stand out” has made him a national hero for his positive attitude to life. Ian was presented with a specially commissioned crystal trophy and the Overall Winner Certificate to mark his achievement.
The Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Group Award was presented to the Sporting Chance Programme - National Learning Network. The Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Special Achievement Award was presented to Ciarán Sears in Tralee. The Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Community Safety Award was presented Kevin Lenihan, Eamon Nolan and James McDonnell from Castleisland Community College.
Twenty Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Merit Award Certificates were presented to individuals who have made a positive contribution to their community and make it a better place to live. The recipients were Alannah Blennerhassett, Tralee, Oisín Bolt, Killorglin, Ian Coleman Horgan, Killorglin, Zara Daly, Kilcummin, Nathan Egan, Castleisland, Con Enright, Currow Villag, Ava Fitzmaurice, Castleisland, Edmond Healy, Duagh, Ellen Hickey, Killarney, Alexandra Kelly, Tralee, Caoimhe Lynch, Beaufort, Ciarán MacGearailt, Baile 'n Fheirtéaraigh, Cathal McLoughlin, Tralee, Ruth O'Connell, Tralee, Michaela O'Donoghue, Ballymacelligott, Jude Pierse, Ballyduff, Weronika Slomiany, Killarney, Melanie Smith, Blennerville, Rebecca Thompson, Caherciveen, and Donald Walsh, Tralee.
“Lee Strand is delighted to support the Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards since 1998,” Donal Pierse, Chairperson, Lee Strand said.
“Over the past 21 years Lee Strand in association with An Garda Siochana have always been proactive in acknowledging and identifying the positive work by young people and voluntary groups to enhance community life in Kerry. The awards are a fantastic celebration of their outstanding achievements.”
Chief Superintendent Tom Myers added that An Garda Síochána consider it essential to engage in a positive fashion with the young people in local communities.
“In doing so it is necessary to acknowledge positive achievements by those young people, whether these are in the fields of voluntary work in the community, sport, or education,” he said.
“It would not be possible to acknowledge this achievement and have an occasion whereby the families of nominees can join in the celebrations without the support from Lee Strand, the local Co-Op highly respected in the community.”

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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