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Killarney girl completes ultimate Defence Forces challenge

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CHALLENGE: At the ceremony in Custume Barracks in Athlone to mark the end of the 32nd Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge: CEO of Gaisce Yvonne McKenna and Gaisce Bronze Award Holder Grace O'Rourke, who recently completed RTE's 'Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week' make a presentation to Aislinn Burke from Killarney who was the only Kerry participant.

 

By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney girl was one of 30 young Gaisce participants from across Ireland who completed a gruelling Defence Forces Adventure Challenge.

Aislinn Burke, a Transition Year student in St Brigid’s Killarney, took on four days of hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, swimming and army assault courses.

The young recruits, aged between 15 and 17, were put through their paces by personnel from the 2nd Brigade Artillery Regiment of the Defence Forces, who led the Gaisce participants through a host of adventure challenges, training and team-building exercises,

Aislinn, from the Tralee Road, is a participant in Gaisce – The President’s Award, a self-development programme for young people.

She took part in 26km walks, uphill with back-packs, was deprived phone access for 23 hours a day, swam in military pools while rescuing dummies and other military activities.

“It was hard but good as I made loads of friends,” Aislinn told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The walk was the hardest, the army came in at 6am shouting to get up, it was like television, they scared us into getting up.”

 

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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