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KDYS and Tusla plan to extend Family Support Services

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By Michelle Crean

 

The KDYS are this week reassuring Killorglin locals that its Neighbourhood Youth Project will continue in the town. The news comes after growing fears that Tusla is to withdraw its support for the project.

Tim O’Donoghue, CEO with the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) said that the service has been meeting with Tusla managers to ensure the existing KDYS family support services remains.

KDYS has enjoyed a long partnership, initially with the HSE Community Work Dept., since 2006 and from 2015 with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to provide specialised preventative family support services, Tim explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"Through this partnership, KDYS have provided the Springboard project mainly serving the Tralee area and the Neighbourhood Youth Project, Killorglin providing a response to specific youth and family support needs in the Mid–Kerry area. Following a review of Family Support Services in Kerry by Tusla, some gaps in family support needs have become apparent. We are very aware there is an urgent need to support the families of Kerry in accessing meaningful contact with their children who may be in the care of Tusla and to support teenagers in the community to continue to live within their family while receiving crisis support and ongoing high level interventions to the teenagers and their families. There has also been an awareness that these services should been available to young people and their families throughout the county and not just Tralee and the Mid-Kerry area. Currently KDYS and Tusla managers have been meeting to plan how best to ensure the existing KDYS family support services can respond to these gaps."

He added that while the services of the two projects will be maintained, the type of family support work will be focussing on responding to these emerging needs.

"KDYS has proven expertise in responding to young people who are going through difficult times and a wealth of experience in providing one to one support and group-work. This refocussing of service delivery will ensure better outcomes for children and families in Kerry. Tusla Kerry are delighted to support the on-going KDYS family support work to improve the service and offer better outcomes for children and families in Kerry throughout the county."

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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