TV TIME: Students from Killarney Community College Darja Puzanova, Julia Olabode, Caoimhe Fleming, Aoife O'Brien, Ben Cussen pictured with teacher Lorraine Crowley, RTÉ presenter Bláthnaid Treacy and cameraman Conor Lenehan. Photos: Michelle Crean
By Michelle Crean
They're only back to school a matter of weeks - but five students will soon be featuring on RTÉ - after their inspirational project was nominated for a National Garda Youth Achievement Award.
One of the country's fastest rising TV presenters, Bláthnaid Treacy, who currently hosts the National Lottery and RTÉ 2FM's popular chart show, was in town on Monday to film the group at Killarney Community College about their 'Be Dementia Aware' project for a segment on the 'Today' show with Maura and Dáithí.
Luckily the weather played ball as Bláthnaid, who was accompanied by cameraman Conor Lenehan, interviewed the Young Social Innovators (YSI) and their teacher Lorraine Crowley outdoors.
The group, comprising of Aoife O'Brien, Caoimhe Fleming, Julia Olabode, Ben Cussen and Darja Puzanova, won the National Young Social Innovators Social Media Award in 2018 for their hard work and dedication promoting awareness of dementia using many social media platforms.
The campaign raised money for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and The Rockmount Care Centre in Kilgarvan where their information booklet is still on show to this day. The students' work has meant so much to many families.
Their teacher nominated the group for the Kerry Garda Youth Awards 2019 which took place in January this year and it won the group award on the night. Further to that, Tralee Garda Station put the group forward for the National Garda Youth Awards that was meant to take place in April this year but was delayed due to COVID-19. RTÉ then chose to film them as part of this nomination.
"The dedication and care 'Be Dementia Aware' showed throughout this project is an inspiration to all young people," Lorraine, the students' YSI guide, told the Killarney Advertiser.
"Caoimhe, Julia, Ben, Aoife and Darja showed amazing commitment and passion as they worked tirelessly to promote awareness of Dementia and support families and people who have dementia. This award nomination is very well deserved and to be filmed by RTÉ Today has been the icing on the cake for the five students. It was such a fun afternoon with Bláthnaid and camera man Conor."
Katie celebrates 20 years in business
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). She […]
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.
For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).
She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.
However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.
“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.
Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.
“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.
“ She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.
“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”
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 […]
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 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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