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Kerry fundraiser to highlight the plight of homeless people

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AS THE rain pelts down this afternoon, spare a thought for those among us who have literally no shelter and no homes to go to. Their plight will be highlighted by a special charity event, Under the Elements, in Tralee this weekend.

Five local ladies, Marion Coffey, Julie Fitzpatrick, Charlene Tydings, Marilyn O’Shea and Tina Lonergan, have organised Under the Elements, in which they and fellow fundraisers will sleep outside. The event will support Arlington Lodge, Kerry’s only homeless shelter, and it will be held in Pearse Park, Tralee, tomorrow, September 10, from 6pm to 6am.

The cost is €10 per adult and €5 for a teenager. “Members of the Civil Defence, as well as security and community guards will be present on the night also to keep everyone safe and sound,” said Marion Coffey.

“This Sunday, September 11, we will be having our family fun day in the square where comic book heroes and Chapter 2 will be taking to the stage to perform.”

Kingdom Party Pals and facepainters will be on hand while a raffle for covetable prizes donated by Kerry businesses will also be on the agenda. “People have been so good in supporting this event. All money raised will be used by Arlington Lodge to renovate a house for a person with disabilities,” said Marion.

“We want to highlight the homelessness issue which is getting much worse and make people realise that homelessness can happen for many reasons such as family breakdown, mental health problems, abuse in the family and minor learning disabilities, as well as addiction and alcoholism. The organisers are sponsored by Pro Fitness, Tralee.
 


 
Above: Marion Coffey, Julie Fitzpatrick, Charlene Tydings, Marilyn O’Shea and Tina Lonergan.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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