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Killarney Gardai to brew up support to help their youngest colleague, Ceejay

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Sgt Dermot O'Connell, Garda Gillian MacEoin and Superintendent Flor Murphy with Orla O'Driscoll, Killarney Plaza Hotel, launching the Garda Coffee morning at The Killarney Plaza Hotel. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

KILLARNEY GARDAÍ opened their hearts to the youngest honorary member of the force, Ceejay McArdle, when they discovered the four-year-old dreams of being a garda when he grows up.

Like police forces across the globe, the Killarney officers were determined to stretch out the hand of friendship to Ceejay and his family as the youngster bravely battles illness.

Now Killarney Gardaí have issued an invitation to everyone to join them as they host a coffee morning in the Window Bar in the Killarney Plaza Hotel tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, from 10.30am. “We are hoping to raise funds for our newest and smallest member of An Garda Síochána,” said Garda Gillian Mac Eoin who together with Superintendent Flor Murphy and Sergeant Dermot O’Connell have pulled out all the stops to brew up support for Ceejay.

The four-year-old boy, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago and has been undergoing treatment for cancer in St John’s Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, for the last two years. “We can only imagine how traumatic such treatment is on such a little man,” said Garda Mac Eoin.

Ceejay has always had a huge interest in the Gardaí and police work. “It is not even make-believe with him, if you were to ask Ceejay whether he would like to be a guard when he grows up he would tell you, ‘but I already am a guard!’,” his dad Marcus McArdle told Killarney Advertiser.

In light of the treatment he was undergoing, An Garda Siochána and police forces around the world have been sending Ceejay “get well soon” messages in an effort to cheer him up. “Ceejay started to become a little celebrity mascot for police forces all over the world,” added Garda Mac Eoin.

An Garda Síochána really took Ceejay under their wing. “Ceejay now has his own official Garda uniform, custom made to fit him and earlier this year he ‘graduated’ from the Garda college in Templemore, being made an honorary member of the force by Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan who was also in attendance,” said Sergeant Dermot O’Connell.

He is embracing his role and has been seen accompanying other members of the Gardaí doing traffic stops, issuing tickets and even assisting in arrests (all set up especially for Ceejay, no members of the public are being prosecuted!).

Tomorrow’s coffee morning is being organised by many other stations across the country at the same date and time. “Listowel and Tralee Garda Stations are also hosting a similar coffee morning in their districts,” said Superintendent Flor Murphy.

Gardai decided to host the coffee mornings to generate funds towards sending Ceejay and his parents to New York so that he can take up an invitation from the NYPD to march in the St Patrick’s Day parade with his Garda and NYPD colleagues.

Garda Mac Eoin added: “We would like to extend an invitation to everyone in Killarney to come along to the Window Bar in the Killarney Plaza hotel (upstairs) and join us for a cup of coffee or tea and some scones or cakes, all of which have been kindly donated from local businesses in Killarney. All funds generated from this coffee morning will go direct to the Ceejay St Patrick’s Day fund.”
 


 
Above: Sergeant Dermot O’Connell, Garda Gillian Mac Eoin and Superintendent Flor Murphy with Orla O’Driscoll, Killarney Plaza Hotel, launching the Garda Coffee morning at The Killarney Plaza Hotel. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Picture This announce Killarney gigs

Following on from being the fastest act ever to sell out the Gleneagle INEC Arena, with tickets going in under five minutes, Picture This have announced their only Irish shows of 2021 with a three-night run at the Killarney venue on December 16 -18. These exclusive gigs coincide with the release of their brand-new album […]

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Following on from being the fastest act ever to sell out the Gleneagle INEC Arena, with tickets going in under five minutes, Picture This have announced their only Irish shows of 2021 with a three-night run at the Killarney venue on December 16 -18.

These exclusive gigs coincide with the release of their brand-new album ‘Life in Colour’ set to be released June 25 via Republic Records.

“We are so excited to be playing at the INEC Arena this December,” Picture This frontman, Ryan Hennessy said.

“It is a place that holds many fond memories for us from starting out in the Acoustic Club to selling out the arena in record time. We have missed the atmosphere and the people so much and can’t wait to be reunited!”

Representing music’s biggest global underdog story, Picture This have unassumingly captivated listeners in every corner of the world, amassing nearly 300 million total streams, selling out stadiums, and inspiring praise from Billboard, ThisSongIsSick, and many more.

Their new album ‘Life in Colour’ boasts hits such as ‘Things Are Different’, ‘LA House Party’ and ‘Unconditional’. Thus far, tracks from the record have already gathered over 25 million total streams and counting prior to its arrival.

Tickets from €49.90 plus booking fees for these exclusive shows go on sale this Friday at 9am www.inec.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

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Renowned chef to host men’s charity cookery demo

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To celebrate International Men’s Health Week, cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has organised a live cookery demonstration with renowned chef, Mark Doe.

It takes place on Tuesday next, June 15.

Open to all men dealing with cancer, the free Zoom cook-along event will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, where the famous Just Cooking cookery school founder will share some of his expertise with participants.

Mark has chosen a simple marinated chicken in pitta bread with wedges and coleslaw as his dish of choice for the evening, and will be taking participants through the steps to create their very own meal via this live cook-along event.

“We wanted to do something special to mark International Men’s Health Week and we are honoured that Mark has agreed to come on board to host this exciting event,” Recovery Haven manager Siobhan MacSweeney said.

“The free event is open to all men who are dealing with cancer, not just our own clients, so we are encouraging as many men as possible to sign up for what promises to be a great, fun evening.”

Anyone interested in taking part is required to register in advance by phoning Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122.

Once registered you will receive a Zoom link to join the cook-along on the evening as well as the list of ingredients you will need.

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Loss of Kerry to Dublin route a “severe blow” 

  Ths loss of the Stobart Air Kerry to Dublin routes – which was announced yesterday (Sunday) that it’s to cease trading with immediate effect – will have a serious impact on the county, in particular the tourism and hospitality industry. Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) is urgently requesting the Government act quickly on the collapse of the […]

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Ths loss of the Stobart Air Kerry to Dublin routes – which was announced yesterday (Sunday) that it’s to cease trading with immediate effect – will have a serious impact on the county, in particular the tourism and hospitality industry.

Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) is urgently requesting the Government act quickly on the collapse of the airline and appoint a replacement.

The tourism group said that the loss of the routes is “such a severe blow to an industry that has been the most impacted by COVID for over 15 months and will take years to recover”.
 
Passengers affected are advised not to travel to the airport and to check the Aer Lingus website for updated information.

The Department of Transport is currently examining the implications of the announcement while Kerry County Council said it has full confidence in the future of Kerry Airport and will work closely with airport management to ensure the quick restoration of this key route and the future development of further air traffic routes into the county.

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley said that she was “saddened to hear the announcement”.

“I have spoken directly on the issue with Kerry Airport and Minister Eamon Ryan and officials regarding the importance of the restoration of services, including the Dublin/Kerry route which is vital to the region. We are all committed to finding a pathway forward for the restoration of connectivity as a matter of urgency.”

The Government is acutely aware of the devastating impact that COVID-19 restrictions are having on the aviation sector.

By the end of June, the sector will have received approx. €300 million in State funding spanning employment supports, waiver of commercial rates and deferral of taxes. The bulk of the support to airlines is through the TWSS/EWSS wage subsidy schemes which were specifically designed to maintain the link between employers and employees. Liquidity support has also been made available by ISIF to large aviation enterprises.

This is in addition to PSO support of approximately €7 million per annum for the affected routes.

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Tourism in Kerry generates €661 million annually, employing some 14,000 people. COVID-19 has forced 82% out of the workforce into unemployment. Tourism supply and support businesses have also been severely affected with thousands of employees out of work and companies struggling to survive.

“Connectivity and transport is the lifeblood to rebuilding tourism,” Pat O’Leary, Chairman of KTIF said. “The tourism and aviation sector is critical to the economy and viability of life in Kerry, it impacts on every household. It was the first industry to feel the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the last to recover. The Government can save vital tourism and businesses connectivity by moving swiftly and confidently appointing a replacement to service these crucial routes. Our thoughts are with the employees at Stobart Air, our colleagues in Kerry Airport and the tourism and aviation industry who are all working so hard on recovery and reopening plans.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce said that Stobart operated the Kerry-Dublin service with great professionalism and customer care was always a priority, and that they wish them well as the face a very difficult time.

“Killarney Chamber won’t be found wanting in its commitment to support Kerry Airport and we have every confidence that John Mulhern and his team possess the ability, the knowledge and the determination to bring about the restoration of the service,” Niall Kelleher, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said. 

“Going forward, Kerry Airport will be critical to reopening the Kerry economy and we must all work to build on any opportunities that arise to provide greater access into the county. Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is fully committed to help find a pathway forward for the restoration of connectivity.”

 

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