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Kenmare Place traders committed to outdoor dining scheme

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By Sean Moriarty

Traders in Kenmare Place are committed to the future success of the outdoor dining scheme.

Tracy Coyne of the International Hotel has called for patience as early “hiccups are ironed out” ahead of “what will be an awesome community project”.

She was reacting to comments made at last week’s Killarney Municipal District meeting where several elected councillors questioned who was responsible for the management of the outdoor seating of the Fáilte Ireland Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Scheme, which is operational since late last year.

Exactly half the outdoor seating remains open to the public between 8.30am and 10.30pm every day, and consumers are free to buy products in other premises around the town.

A row broke out in the Council chamber after politicians questioned who was responsible for laying out tables and chairs each morning and securing the furniture each night.

“We are all committed to making this a success,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This will be a fantastic community amenity. We are in weekly contact with the Council [executive] and issues like heating and lighting are being addressed as we find them. Now is the time to iron out any wrinkles as they arise while we are still in the shoulder season and before the summer season really kicks off. Everybody needs to keep their eye on the prize, which is the delivery of an amazing community amenity for locals and visitors to enjoy during the summer sunshine.”

Staff from the International Hotel and other nearby businesses are managing the seating arrangements every day.

“This time of the year there is no point in putting out one hundred chairs while the weather is still so inclement. Perhaps the councillors were concerned that it is not fully operational just yet,” she added, “But we will stay level-headed knowing that."

Ms Coyne praised the success of the new scheme which has only been used in the winter months so far.

Students from town centre secondary schools are frequent users of the facility during their lunch hour.

“I had a group of seven or eight St Brendan’s students here the other day, I don’t know where they bought their food but they sat in our allocated section,” she added. “They cleaned up after themselves and left it as pristine as they found it. I'm sure Sean Coffey [Principal] would be very proud to see the way they conducted themselves. These are our future customers, and indeed some of them are our current staff so we are very happy to see them.”

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Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]

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The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]

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Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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