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Killarney girls to live on €3.25 a day

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INTO THE UNKNOWN: Killarney Girl Guide members, Sarah Kenny and Sarah Canavan, are all set to take part in the 'Explorer Belt Challenge' in a top secret foreign country. 

Two Killarney women are all set to take part in Irish Girl Guides’ toughest challenge – by surviving on just €3.25 a day while hiking 180km over 10 days.

Sarah Kenny (23)from Firies,and Sarah Canavan (22) from Knockasartnett, will take part in the ‘Explorer Belt Challenge’ in a yet unknown foreign country, where they will have to carry all their camping and cooking equipment, clothes, food and water.

The two Sarahs, who are both Leaders of Sika Senior Branch, Killarney, the senior branch of Irish Girl Guides for 14-30 year olds, will also have to complete a number of projects during the challenge. These will involve completing a service for the local community and finding out about local history and culture without using a smartphone!

While the duo have trained over the past few months by hiking and regular gym workouts, it has been impossible for them to prepare for the projects as they will not know where in Europe they are going until they arrive with their rucksacks at Dublin Airport on Sunday.

Most of their training has taken place separately as they are currently living in different parts of the country. Sarah Canavan lives in Galway where she is studying Commerce in NUI Galway and Sarah Kenny is in Dublin where she is a dietitian in St James’s Hospital.

While both are looking forward to the challenge, some nerves are beginning to set in. The fact that they will be taking it on together gives them some encouragement.

“We are well used to working together as we have been in Guides together since we were 13, and we have completed most of our Guiding challenges together,” Sarah Kenny said.

Both girls successfully completed the Irish Girl Guides’ Chief Commissioner’s Award last year when, as a team, they hiked 60 kilometres over five days in Co Waterford and survived on €3.50 a day.

“I feel the mentality side of the challenge will be the hardest,” she said.

“I get extremely grumpy when I’m lacking sleep but the best thing about doing it with Sarah is that she understands that and it’s the same vice versa.”

Sarah Canavan added that another big problem for them will be food. “I’m vegetarian and Sarah is allergic to nuts and gluten, so we’ll be having a lot of eggs,” she said.

The Explorer Belt survival adventure is being organised by two experienced IGG leaders, Katherine Ryan and Jemma Lee, who themselves successfully completed the Explorer Belt Challenge in Germany four years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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