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Killarney hosts major European youth meeting

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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

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

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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