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Killarney man calls on public to clear footpaths for visually impaired

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OBSTACLES: Killarney man Morgan Pierce is encouraging people to watch the NCBI video which advises how to help the visually impaired avoid street obstacles. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney man who has just over five percent vision is lending his voice to a new national campaign – calling on the public to clear the way for the visually impaired.

Morgan Pierce (43) from Cahernane Meadows, who was born with low vision says that although people don’t cause intentional harm to those with sight loss – he’s now joining the National Council for the Blind’s new online video campaign asking the public to keep paths clear.

The service, which helps thousands of people with vision loss nationally, has released the 40 second YouTube video ‘NCBI - Clear The Way Day’ showing the difficulties people with impaired vision face on a daily basis as they try to navigate their way through towns and cities countrywide.

Morgan says some of the biggest issues he faces daily are street furniture, bicycles attached to poles, commercial bins left out and suitcases along the streets.

“People don’t do it intentionally,” Morgan explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“When people haven’t experienced it they don’t understand what we go through. If someone parks on a footpath for two minutes – it’s quick for them but for someone with sight loss or even the elderly, it has a huge effect as they have to find another longer way around,” Morgan said.

He added, Killarney town is good for cutting back hedging and trees but it’s the temporary obstacles that are causing the most distress.

“I’m calling on the public to be more mindful about obstacles they place in public. If they look at the video online it might make them more aware of the difficulties we face every day.”

 

 

 

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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