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Killarney man welcomes Lego’s inclusive approach

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KILLARNEY man Tom Doherty has welcomed Lego’s introduction of a product depicting a young wheelchair user.

Tom, who is PRO of the Killarney/South Kerry branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Lego, one of the world's top brand names in children's toys, has finally produced a product depicting a young person with a disability.”

The figure in question is of a young wheelchair user wearing a beanie cap. “The mini figure can be found in the City theme range 60134 Fun in the Park,” said Tom. “Lego, the building bricks of childhood since 1932, was named toy of the century twice, receiving its second accolade by Forbes magazine in 1999. The Lego group produce an astonishing 19 billion elements every year.”

The online campaign #toylikeme highlights the need to produce toys representing all children equally. "This group and others like them came to my attention early last year when I decided to raise funds for the paediatric department of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire which caters for brain injury, stroke, spinal-cord injury, neurological disorders or limb absence,” said tom.

“It shocked me that toys representing them are extremely difficult to come by. It is vital that all children have toys they can identify with. It was great to finally get my hands on this Lego set. I look forward to purchasing a number of the toys for the hospital. Hopefully more toys make will take up the challenge. Please support the online campaign #toylikeme.”
 


 
Above: Tom Doherty with the new Lego set.

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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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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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