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Kerry’s new stars of the small screen take a bow

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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

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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
https://youtu.be/gkX3UsnXOcw
 


 
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

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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