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Kerry Gardai honour county’s brightest and best youngsters

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YOUTH had its fling at the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards. Over 200 people from across the county attended the ever-popular awards in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee on Friday.

The celebration commenced with dinner and was followed by a presentation of 27 awards, accompanied with an inspiring citation of each winner’s achievements. Twenty merit awards, five distinction awards, the voluntary group award and the overall winner award were presented on the night.

Chief Superintendent Tom Myers commended 15-year-old Timmy Dillon from Kilflynn who was announced as the overall winner of the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2016. Timmy, a third-year student at St Michael’s College in Listowel was described at the awards as an inspiration and a shining example to the young people both in school and in his community. Timmy has been involved in many fundraising initiatives in school for charities and also for his local GAA club St Senan’s. Timmy plays an important role with his local youth club and also helps out with the local coursing club. Timmy was praised for being a genuine, dependable, modest, hardworking young man who gives up his time to support the less fortunate in his community and also helping out his neighbours.

The five distinction award winners were: Michaela Buckley O’Riordan, Muckross, Killarney; Megan Duggan, Headford, Killarney; Diarmuid Lynch, Kielduff, Tralee; Alison Jones, Farmers Bridge, Tralee and Shay Walsh, Scartaglen, Killarney. The five distinction winners each received a Children of Lir bronze trophy and a distinction award certificate to mark their achievement in this year’s awards.

The Voluntary Group Achievement Award 2016 was presented to Kerry Comhairle na nÓg. The youth council comprises of over 60 members and provides young people with the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies. Kerry Comhairle na nÓg meet monthly in Tralee and Killarney to discuss topics such as mental health, education, substance misuse and bullying.

Twenty merit award certificates were also presented to: Unity Ankomah, Tralee; Kevin Ashe, Ardfert; Orla Coffey, Caherciveen; Niamh Cullen, Lisselton; Jack Curran, Castleisland; Laura Daly, Faha, Killarney; Mark Doona, Beaufort, Killarney; Anthony Hanlon, Asdee Village, Listowel; Michael Leane, Ballyheigue; Cáelán McCarthy, Caherciveen; Joanne McCarthy, Kenmare; Emma Ní Chonchúir, Daingean Uí Chúis; Basit Oyebanji, Tralee; Denis O’Leary, Ballycasheen, Killarney; Sinéad O’Sullivan, Caherciveen; Pádraic Randles, Kilgarvan; Sinead Ryan, Tralee; Mervyn Shalemba, Tralee; Barry Sugrue, Tralee and Katejan Wojciak, Listowel.

Donal Pierse, chairperson, Lee Strand, said: “Lee Strand is delighted to support the Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards since 1998. Lee Strand in association with An Garda Siochána have always been proactive in acknowledging and identifying the positive work by young people and voluntary groups to enhance community life in Kerry. The awards are a fantastic celebration of their outstanding achievements.”

Chief Superintendent Tom Myers said: “An Garda Síochána consider it essential to engage in a positive fashion with the young people in our communities. In doing so it is necessary to acknowledge positive achievements by those young people, whether these are in the fields of voluntary work in the community, sport, or education. It would not be possible to acknowledge this achievement and have an occasion whereby the families of nominees can join in the celebrations without the support from Lee Strand, the local Co-Op highly respected in the community.”
 


 
Above: At the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee, Timmy Dillon from Kilflynn was announced as the overall winner, he is pictured here with all the award winners on the night and Chief Superintendent Tom Myers, Donal Pierse, Chairman, Lee Strand, and John O’Sullivan, General Manager, Lee Strand. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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