THE longest-serving staff member in McDonalds in Killarney, Anthony Jones was one of a number of stars who made their debut on the small screen today.
Anthony, who has worked in the Park Road franchise for two days a week for 14 years, was one of 25 people involved in a new DVD, An Independent Life, showcasing the daily activities of a group of young adults who are supported by the Kerry Parents & Friends Association in Killarney.
Anthony really enjoyed being involved with the recording of the video. “It is something I would love everyone to see,” Anthony said.
Another participant, Stephen Brosnan said the DVD gives employers a chance to see their skills. Stephen works in both Heatons and Elverys Sports in Killarney. “I also wanted it to show how relationships and friendships are important to me and that my job and the pay helps me to be independent,” Stephen said.
A large group of family and friends attended the launch, at The Malton Hotel today, of An Independent Life, which was produced by Tadhg Hayes and funded by South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd.
The 20-minute DVD gives a snapshot into the lives of the young adult participants including their involvement in the work, home and social settings. It is planned to make it widely available in the coming weeks.
Instructor with the KPFA Batt Healy said the aim was to make a DVD to highlight that people with disabilities have the same yearnings around independent living and relationships as everyone else and to showcase their capacity in both working and life situations.
“This DVD will help us send out the message that these young adults have the same rights and desires as their peers and we have received a very positive response to this message,” Batt said.
Approximately 25 of the young adults KPFA supports are actively engaged in paid employment, work experience or voluntary work and this helps them achieve greater levels of independence.
SKPD CEO Noel Spillane said the organisation was delighted to fund this project under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). “This DVD highlights the ability of the participants rather than their disability and provides them with a voice to articulate their aspirations and wishes,” Noel said.
DVD producer Tadhg Hayes said he wanted the DVD to provide the participants with a voice to show the wide range of activities they are involved in as well as some of the challenges they face. “The KFPA staff undertake excellent work and the businesses who employ these young adults also contribute very strongly but also receive positive benefits which I felt it was important to highlight,” Tadhg said.
Copies of the DVD will be available in coming weeks from KPFA or can be accessed through YouTube, see
Pictured, top, at the launch of the Kerry Parents & Friends Association's new video at The Malton Hotel on Wednesday were front from left, Mairead O'Sullivan (Education Officer South Kerry Development Partnership) Anthony Jones, Hayley Ferguson, Claire Spillane, Stephen Brosnan and Kate Kariuki. Standing from left are Batt Healy, Paudie Healy, Noel Spillane, CEO SKDP, Jim O'Mahony and Brendan O'Sullivan. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH
Happy Birthday Sham
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.
Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.
One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.
Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.
Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event
By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]
By Michelle Crean
ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.
On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.
It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.
In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.
ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.
Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.
“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”
ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.
Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.
Happy Birthday Sham
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