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Killarney man launches well-being campaign

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WELL-BEING CAMPAIGN: Prominent Kerry people from the world of sport, theatre, business, education and the media launched Kerry Mental Health Association’s campaign ‘5 Ways To Wellbeing – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give’. Pictured at the launch in Killarney National Park were l to r: Brendan Fuller (Radio Kerry Presenter), Joanne Barry (Repertory Director, Siamsa Tíre), Paul Murphy (Kerry Senior Football Captain), Freddie (Paul's dog), John Drummey (General Manager Kerry Mental Health Association), and Finbarr O'Donovan (TV, Radio and New Media Student at Munster Technological University). Photo: Domnick Walsh

 

To help keep their mental health in check 14 prominent Kerry people with a common goal have joined Kerry Mental Health Association’s campaign to promote the '5 Ways To Well-being – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give'.

Each recorded a short video with the help of Munster Technological University (MTU) Third Year TV, Radio and New Media student Finbarr O’Donovan, which has been shared across Kerry Mental Health Association’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube platforms.

The contributors include Paschal Sheehy, Katie Hannon and Brian Hurley from RTÉ; Joanne Barry from Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland; Eamonn Sayers, Manager of the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Dublin; Paul Murphy, Kerry Senior Football Captain; Anna Galvin, former Kerry Ladies Football Captain; Ciara Griffin, Ireland Women’s Rugby Captain; Leanne Hanafin from Spin Southwest; Journalist, Author and Publican Billy Keane; Cian O’Flaherty, Chairperson of Spark Society at Munster Technological University; and Monika Dukarska, World Champion Rower.

The online campaign was launched this week by Radio Kerry Afternoon Show Presenter, and the face of the Liberty Insurance TV commercials, Brendan Fuller from Killarney.

“I’m delighted to team-up with Kerry Mental Health Association to do a series of videos that will, hopefully, give you the bit of advice, tip or reminder of how you can give your days that extra spark to make this [pandemic] time especially that little bit easier to get through.”

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Kerry Mental Health Association’s primary objective is to benefit the community through the promotion of the general welfare of people with mental health challenges, including mental illness, and to support these people, their families, and carers.

General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, added that “well-being is when you’re feeling good and functioning well. It’s not just about being in good physical condition, but it crucially includes the state of your mental health".

"If your mind is not in a good place, there can be a series of knock-on effects that will impact the quality of your overall well-being," he said. "Sometimes we look to others for inspiration. We are grateful to the men and women from the worlds of media, sport, theatre, and business who generously gave their time to share some ways to well-being that work for them to help keep their mental health in check.”

The nine Kerry Mental Health Association Branches empower people in communities throughout Kerry to take control of their lives and to make the right decisions to help protect their mental and physical health.

To donate to Kerry Mental Health Association and to learn more about the organisation, visit Kerry Mental Health Association at www.KerryMentalHealth.ie.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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