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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

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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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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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