Connect with us

News

Killarney hosts major European youth meeting

Published

on

Above: The governing body of The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency met in Killarney today as part of an enhanced engagement in Ireland. The meeting which is being organised by Kerry Diocesan Youth Service) and Youth Work Ireland, will examine a variety of EU-wide topics relevant to young people and youth services today, at the meeting were, Tim O'Donoghue, director, KDYS services, Jaana Fedotoff, CEO, ERYICA, Mayor of Killarney Municipal Area, Cllr Brendan Cronin and President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Kate O'Leary. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

T

THE governing body of The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA) is meeting this week in Killarney as part of an enhanced engagement in Ireland.

The meeting, which is being organised by Kerry Diocesan Youth Service and Youth Work Ireland, will examine a variety of EU-wide topics relevant to young people and youth services today. The main focus of ERYICA is supporting and promoting quality general youth information policy and practice at all levels, a process which KDYS leads on in Kerry and Youth Work Ireland nationally.

The meeting and an associated seminar in Dublin next week will work to further develop critical areas of youth information provision in Ireland and throughout the EU.

ERYICA is composed of national bodies (non-governmental or governmental) which seek to guarantee the right of young people to full and reliable information, which helps them make the choices they face in their lives, and which promotes their autonomy and their active participation in a democratic society.

Tim O’Donoghue, director of KDYS Services said: ”We are delighted to bring this significant European meeting to Kerry and to host it in our youth centre in Killarney. This is a key part of our ambition to develop our Killarney Centre into a formally approved ‘European Youth Centre’ under the Council of Europe. If successful the Killarney Centre will be the first European Youth Centre in Ireland and will represent and strengthen Ireland’s commitment to Youth Development in Europe. This will, most importantly, open up new opportunities for local young people and professionals to access many opportunities across Europe under a range of European initiatives.”

Patrick Burke, CEO of Youth Work Ireland, added: “Ireland has a particularly strong and proud record in supporting the provision of youth information and has been the model and inspiration to many other European countries. The Irish voice on this matter therefore commands respect at a European Level. The meeting of ERYICA in Kerry will formulate a strong message emphasising the critical importance of Youth Information Services and for the new Youth Strategy currently being formulated by the European Commission to strongly support the right of young people to quality and appropriate information.”
 


 
Above: The governing body of The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency met in Killarney today as part of an enhanced engagement in Ireland. The meeting which is being organised by Kerry Diocesan Youth Service) and Youth Work Ireland, will examine a variety of EU-wide topics relevant to young people and youth services today, at the meeting were, Tim O'Donoghue, director, KDYS services, Jaana Fedotoff, CEO, ERYICA, Mayor of Killarney Municipal Area, Cllr Brendan Cronin and President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Kate O'Leary. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

Published

on

0209552_Unknown-3.jpeg

By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

Continue Reading

News

Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

Published

on

0209686_Killarney_Sports_and_Leisure_Centre.jpg

By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending