NEW MEMBERS WELCOME: Debby Looney from Killarney Toastmasters says new members are welcome to the group which is currently using Zoom due to the restrictions. Photo: Michelle Crean
By Michelle Crean
COVID restrictions doesn’t mean you can’t take on a new hobby or learn a new skill – as one local club is proving – now that they’ve taken their classes online.
The local Killarney Toastmasters group is still very active – although now it’s online – but they’re seeking new members to join them and what a better way to meet new people and socialise.
Yes, they are a public speaking club, and as restrictions mean they cannot meet in person for now, they took to virtual meet ups and it’s all very easy.
Now they’re looking for new members and are inviting the public to come along as a guest via Zoom to give it a go.
“At Toastmasters we are certainly feeling this challenge, but are doing our best to rise to it,” Debby Looney, a member of the club, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“For many of us, the thought of standing before a room full of people, be they a class of eager students, work colleagues, church attendees or friends and family at a function, is daunting at best, terrifying at worst. Toastmasters is an international organisation, which has helped members for almost one hundred years to overcome their nerves when speaking in public. A large part of this is also gaining the confidence to take on leadership roles. It is relevant to so many parts of life, at home, in the workplace and at other clubs and associations,” she said.
“I personally joined Toastmasters following the funeral of a dear family member. I just could not face my family to say a few words about her, and this haunted me for a long time. I still regret having had such a fear, but am glad to have joined Toastmasters and conquered it. So, speaking from experience, Toastmasters works.
However, a large part of the experience of this club, and much of the enjoyment of going, is meeting new people from all walks of life, who give speeches on the most diverse topics – from hillwalking, travelling and sports to personal stories, life experiences and technical talks. You come away from each meeting knowing something new!”
“Our club now uses Zoom to conduct virtual meetings. There are downsides to this, of course. The personal contact is certainly something I miss. The thing is, there are many upsides also. There is a skill in presenting a speech to people via a computer, a skill which many people now need as they are working from home. When presenting via a computer, it is not just speaking; there is lighting, sound, background and even make-up to consider! Where better to practice than in the safe, positive environment of a club where everyone has your best interest at heart? Zoom meetings also cut out the travelling – you can now enjoy the club from the comfort of your armchair, which is very nice as the winter closes in. Members who live in remote parts of the county, as well as vulnerable members, can now continue to enjoy the social aspect of the club meeting,” Debby said.
“Despite the new format our meetings have taken, we continue to offer the benefits Toastmasters offers, albeit in different ways. We continue to welcome new members, and encourage ‘guests’ to join our meetings, much like we always have. In fact, people who have long wondered what it’s all about have now joined a virtual meeting, and I would encourage anyone to do so!”
The group meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Their online meetings run from 7.30pm to 9pm. Have a look at their Facebook page, email email@example.com, or phone Debby, on 086 6088156 if you are considering becoming a member or would like to join as a guest.
Pharmacy jabs begin today
By Michelle Crean Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]
By Michelle Crean
Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.
Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.
Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.
“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.
“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”
Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.
“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”
Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.
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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene
By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]
By Sean Moriarty
A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.
Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.
The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.
The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.
The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.
“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.
“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”
Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.
The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.
“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”
Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.
For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.
“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”
Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.
Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.
“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”
Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.
“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”
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