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Key influencers to help drive economic growth to Kerry

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Almost 40 highly regarded key influencers and decision-makers who hail from Kerry - including Killarney - are part of a new pioneering programme to drive economic growth to the county.

On Friday night the Kerry Ambassador Programme, which aims to raise Kerry’s profile as a global business hub, was officially launched.

This exciting new initiative is led by non-profit organisation Kerry Convention Bureau, in partnership with Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Meet in Ireland, Kerry Tourism Industry Federation, Kerry SciTech and Prosper Kerry.

Killarney locals involved include MEP Sean Kelly, John Healy from Healy Insurances, Paudie Healy CEO Universal Access, Brian O'Mahony, Chief Executive of the Irish Haemophilia Society, Mark Kennelly, Chief Executive Golf Ireland, and Tara Cronin Fundraising and Events Manager with ICAP UK.

In an event held at the Rose Hotel Tralee as part of Kerry County Council’s ‘An Turas Mór – Homecoming Kerry Diaspora Festival', the Kerry Ambassadors were formally inducted into the programme.

These founding Ambassadors comprise of 37 highly regarded key influencers and decision-makers who hail from Kerry and across the globe, representing sectors such as community, enterprise, academia, business, engineering, medicine, science, technology, sport, arts and culture.

After being presented with a commemorative plaque acknowledging their appointment, each Ambassador had the opportunity to network with the programme partners and invited guests.

The official launch was followed by an evening of celebration of Kerry’s Diaspora as part of 'An Turas Mór Kerry Homecoming' dinner and awards ceremony, which was presented by Kerry County Council to acknowledge and celebrate Kerry’s Diaspora success stories, both within Ireland and overseas.

What is the Kerry Ambassador Programme?

The programme has been created for community and industry leaders who are interested in supporting the county by influencing and attracting business events and investment opportunities to Kerry.

The initiative provides a platform for founding Ambassadors and programme partners to work together in pursuit of a common goal – to advocate for Kerry and to contribute to Kerry’s ongoing economic growth and recovery, by placing Kerry on the national and international stage as a premier business events destination and a place to do business.

“We are thrilled to be launching this programme as a collective county initiative, with such an impressive and respected group of individuals, who have demonstrated their commitment and passion for their county by accepting the role of founding Kerry Ambassador,” Becky Hargrove, Manager of Kerry Convention Bureau, said.

“To be an ambassador is to advocate for Kerry. Our ambassadors will use their knowledge, and where possible and appropriate, assist Kerry Convention Bureau and our industry partners in identifying new business events and or investment prospects for the county. As Kerry continues to build on its reputation as both a future focused premier business events destination and one of Ireland’s leading knowledge and innovation hubs, where industry collaboration drives success, the launch of this initiative is timely.”

Patrice O’Mahony, Commercial Development Officer at Fáilte Ireland, added that “over 75% of all conferences confirmed for Ireland each year are secured by an ambassador and this is why the Kerry Ambassador Programme is so important".

"By encouraging individuals and companies to consider Kerry as a place to hold events, do business, progress a career and a location of choice for investment, both private and public, these founding Ambassadors will play a significant role in promoting economic, social and community outcomes for Kerry.”

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Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]

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The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]

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Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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