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Kerry Mental Health plan new client’s garden

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HELPING OTHERS: Kathleen Collins and Mags Keogh from Ross Cafe on Lewis Road are organising a coffee morning to develop a garden for the clients of Kerry Mental Health Association. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Michelle Crean

Plans are in place to develop garden at Ross Café for clients of Kerry Mental Health Association – and this coming Wednesday there’s a fundraising coffee morning planned.

The Lewis Road café is on the site of the former Ross Products cardboard factory which ceased trading in 2010.

It was split in two with the café on one side and the Men’s Shed on the other. The Order of Malta and Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club also use space there.

The café was opened in 2016 and was expanded in March of this year to facilitate the growing number of customers.

And not only is there a café for clients and the public, but plenty of rooms for a range of different activities including art, relaxation, computers and counselling. Bingo, music, drama and exercise classes are also run from the centre.

However, now the Kerry Mental Health Association are ready to make it even better with a garden to the rear for the client’s to relax and enjoy nature.

“We are raising funds for a new client’s garden,” Kathleen Collins, who works at the centre, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’re so thankful to Ger Moynihan from South Kerry Development Partnership for the help he gave.”

She said the centre is a wonderful place for client’s to come to take some time out and relax.

“The most important thing is we’re here for a bun and a chat. We also rent rooms to community based projects.”

 

 

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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