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KDYS launches new online club for teenagers

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As teens can’t get out, the KDYS has launched a new ‘Online Club’ to provide an outlet for young people across Kerry.

It’s open to all secondary school aged young people via the KDYS Facebook page, but anyone can join in!
“We are hoping that we can provide another option for young people to connect, have fun and support each other in this extraordinary time,” CEO Tim O’Donoghue said.

“Parents too could look in and maybe get some ideas and helpful tips in coping with long days locked down.”

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ireland, the KDYS has been constantly trying to ensure that all young people in Kerry are receiving the support that they need, in these testing times. Already, KDYS youth workers, across their suite of services have, in conjunction with young people, come up with new ways of engaging with young people and the wider community.

There is a KDYS affiliated youth club in most communities throughout the Diocese. However, as these are no longer operating due to the HSE guidelines connected to the crisis, the KDYS and its volunteers highlighted a gap in provision for its 1,400 youth club members. The ‘Online Club’ is posted every Friday, primarily on the KDYS county-wide Snapchat group, but is also shared on all KDYS social media platforms.

KDYS youth worker, Michelle O’Neill said that this program was created to provide young people and their families with a positive activity programme that they could take part in from the comfort and safety of their own home.

“KDYS Online Club provides members with a new program each Friday publicised through all KDYS social media platforms. The weekly program includes fun and active games, simple and healthy recipes, art and craft ideas and much more.”

She added that the response so far has been overwhelming with requests being made by school teachers for them to make it accessible to their own students.

The KDYS is operating remotely and full support services are still being provided. For contact details, please search KDYS on all social media platforms or see www.kdys.ie.

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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