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Kerry Library invites public to get involved in Ireland Reads tomorrow (Thursday)

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Ireland Reads is a new campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading tomorrow (Thursday). Kerry Library has teamed up with libraries nationwide and some local authors for the campaign, which is part of the Government’s 'Keep Well' initiative and aims to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for well-being and enjoyment.

The campaign is asking everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day, and a dedicated website www.irelandreads.ie has been set up where people can pledge to read on the day.

The website also offers book recommendations suited to a person’s interests and the time they have available. There are more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country.

A website user can simply enter their favourite type of book and how long they would like to read each day and in return get a suitable book suggestion and with an estimate of how long it will take to read – a 'Couch to 5k' for books!

Here's just some of what is planned at Kerry Library www.kerrylibrary.ie:

· Book clubs go online: Kerry Library is delighted to be able to facilitate online book club meetings and your book club can get involved from the comfort of home by simply downloading an e-book or e-audio book from Borrow Box and starting to read! Contact onlinequeries@kerrylibrary.ie if you need help.

· ‘Squeeze in a Read’: To celebrate the Ireland Reads campaign library staff have pledged to read extracts from their favourite books.

· Get to know a local author: Up and coming author Emma Larkin has recently published two wonderful books for children - Izzy’s Adventure series. The theme of the books is to encourage girls to play sport while also having a fun magical element. Catch up with Emma on the library Facebook page as she chats about her love of books, writing and libraries.

· Éire ag léamh : Join library staff tomorrow for children’s storytime as Gaeilge – ag léamh as Cosc ar Chrogaill! le Heather Pindar.

· Pledge to read a paper: Not in the mood for a book or just don’t have time at the moment? No problem! Why not take some time out to read a newspaper or magazine instead. The Kerry library website provides free member access to thousands of the world's most popular newspapers and magazines. If you need help just go to the library Facebook page for a step by step tutorial to help get you started.

A number of well-known campaign ambassadors from the worlds of writing, science, sport, health and broadcasting are on board to help promote the campaign and you can find out what reading means to them and why they support the campaign at www.irelandreads.ie.

Patrick O’Connor Scarteen, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council is urging the people of Kerry to join the initiative and is asking that during this month to "please pledge to take some reading time for yourself or to share with family and look up the Kerry Library website to see the wide range of resources that are available free of charge".
"Libraries may be closed at present but their excellent online services are still available," he said.

Kerry County Librarian, Tommy O’Connor, in support of the campaign says that ‘it doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid reader, a reluctant reader, a lapsed reader or a new reader but to use Ireland Reads Day to use some of the available library online sources.

"Right now, many of the activities we used to take for granted are not available to us, but you can always enjoy a good book, newspaper or magazine," he said.

Kerry Library provides e-books, e-audio, e-newspapers, e-magazines, e-learning courses, e-languages and e-comics on its website www.kerrylibrary.ie.

Find out about all that is happening for Ireland Reads, get book recommendations and take the pledge to read at www.irelandreads.ie.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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