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KDYS Youngsters lead the way in Building Futures

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As part of the KDYS Building Futures campaign, 112 inspirational young people from all across Kerry developed over 60 social action projects that have made a huge difference to their local communities in the last year.

A wide range of projects and events were created and developed by young leaders as part of the KDYS Youth Participation Training. The young leaders were acknowledged and celebrated at a special night in Killarney, where they were presented with certs and their fantastic contributions were showcased.

The Youth Participation Training equips young people with a set of critical skills which will last them a lifetime, skills including: leadership, negotiation, budgeting, project management and teamwork, communication and presentation skills.

The training also provided a platform for young people to make a positive contribution to their local community by organising events and projects. From north to south Kerry young people involved this year contributed over 4,500 hours of their time to make their community a better place for everyone!

Mr Tim O Donoghue (CEO) said: “Giving young people a voice and the opportunity to make a positive contribution is what youth participation is all about. Despite all the challenges facing young people today, KDYS is committed to building futures for all young people and the communities where they live. This is a great example of what results from providing young people with the spaces, skills and opportunities to create change. Through our partnership with the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle we are hoping to extend opportunities and programmes such as this to even more young people. We are asking everybody to get behind #teamKDYS this year so that we can make this a reality.”

People can help by signing up to cycle, sponsor a KDYS cyclist or volunteer with the KDYS to assist in the Ring of Kerry event.

KDYS has an exciting vision for young people in Kerry. A future where all young people can realise their potential, a future where young people can learn the skills needed for their lives today, and to ensure a healthy and successful future.

 

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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