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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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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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