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Kerry Youth Day takes place this Sunday

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Over 1,500 young people from all over Kerry will gather at Killarney’s INEC this Sunday to celebrate KDYS Youth Day.

 

Youth Day has now grown to become one of the largest annual youth events in Ireland as a day to celebrate, innovate and illustrate what it means to be young in Kerry today.

 

KDYS has an exciting vision for all young people in Kerry, where all young people can realise their potential, learn the skills needed for their lives today, and to ensure a healthy and successful future.

 

KDYS provides state of the art youth spaces where all young people can create and access a huge variety of exciting programmes in these dedicated youth facilities. These important centres help to equip young people with life changing skills through opportunities which help them to grow, learn and develop - building futures for all young people, explained Tim O’Donoghue, CEO.

“Youth Day is our flagship event,” he said.

“It also allows us a chance to reaffirm our commitment to supporting all young people no matter what. Despite all the challenges facing young people today, KDYS is committed to building futures for all young people and the communities where they live. In fact, we have ambitious plans to build on and expand the range of spaces, skills and opportunities we provide to young people.”

 

A small selection of what is on offer throughout Youth Day 2019 includes surf simulator, dance, jousting, master classes, virtual reality demos, fitness challenges including spinning, rowing and push ups, hair and beauty, board games, special guests, and of course the ‘Mega Disco’.

 

Youth Day highlights how the KDYS has been building futures for young people in Kerry since 1971, through a mixture of youth clubs and specialist programmes.

 

The range of supports provided by KDYS to young people focus on helping young people with; active and healthy living, personal development, arts and creativity, eating well and nutrition, helping transition from primary to secondary school, mentoring, preparing for the workplace of tomorrow, team building and leadership, mental and spiritual wellbeing, being resilient and dealing with anxiety, digital and online safety, learning skills for future employment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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By Michelle Crean

It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

“This year has been the biggest yet with 140 shoeboxes collected and many more donations online,” Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha NS, said. “It is a learning experience for the children to realise that there are children just like themselves who may not be so fortunate and they really enjoy being given the opportunity to help out. They have great suggestions as to what to put in the shoeboxes and really put a lot of thought into it. The boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper which is also very exciting both for the children doing the wrapping as well for the children receiving the boxes.” However, he added that last year the COVID-19 pandemic brought about big changes and the physical shoeboxes were not collected. “Instead the children were able to do virtual shoeboxes or donate money. This cloud had a silver lining as this year people have both options and it makes it easier than ever to donate. The shoebox appeal always marks the start of Christmas at Faha NS and we are delighted to be able to help out. We are already looking to smash our record next year! Thanks to everyone who donated. The staff and students of Faha NS would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year 2022.”

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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