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Kenyan Education Project continues amid rains and price hikes

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2018 will be remembered in Kenya for the torrential and prolonged rains which fell during March and April which lead to loss of life, destruction of homes and property and damage to roads and farmland.

It will also be remembered for the price hikes in petrol and mobile phone usage resulting from increased repayments on loans from foreign banks.

It was against this background that the Kenyan Education Project (KEP) continued its work focusing on school sponsorships, supporting a parish feeding programme, a soccer academy and the local SVDP group.

In the village of Embulbul, 80 young children from needy backgrounds receive a hot meal five evenings per week. For some it is their only meal of the day. It costs €650 per month to run the feeding programme. The KEP continues to increase its commitment to feeding the children by donating more money each year.

A large number of students continue to be sponsored in the local primary and secondary schools, ensuring that their education continues. A number of students are sponsored to continue further studies, with one boy starting teacher education, another undertaking a business degree while a third continues on a medical science route.

Jecinta, helped by the KEP to obtain a secretarial qualifications, is now working and returning to college part-time to continue her studies.

The links with the local SVDP group remain strong, this year helping 15 families to purchase new beds, mattresses and blankets. Some of these families were visited by volunteers who saw first hand the harsh living conditions experienced by families on a daily basis.

For the third successive year a summer camp was organised by the KEP. 30 young children from the village were treated to a week of arts and crafts, games day visits to parks as well as receiving new shoes for the school term.

The Young Talents soccer academy made the news recently as their coach, Kaka, was nominated and chosen for a trip of a lifetime to travel to the Arsenal soccer academy to work with coaches there. The coach was shortlisted from nominations throughout Africa, a huge boost to the work of academy which the KEP supports financially.

KEP founder Eddie Sheehy has expressed his gratitude to the primary and secondary schools who continue to support the work, to all who support the table quiz, coffee morning and church collection and to all who believe in the importance and value of the work of the KEP.

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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