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Killarney restaurant says thank you to frontline staff

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By Sean Moriarty

A popular Killarney eatery has thanked frontline staff for their efforts by filling the front window of the restaurant with messages and artwork made by local school children.

The Caragh Restaurant on New Street, which is operated by the O’Sullivan family since 1968, has covered its front window with paintings from children from Firies National School.

David O’Sullivan, who is the son the restaurant’s founder Gerry, was explaining to his children Josh (8) and Lauren (4), why some people were asked to stay at home and others had to go to work during the current crisis.

The children decided to paint pictures of frontline staff like Gardai and nurses as a thank you. Their neighbour's children Holly and Hazel added two more paintings when David decided to contact Firies National School, where his children attend.

Josh’s teacher, Cormac McCarthy, spread the word amongst all of the school’s pupils and when the artwork was complete David arranged for the window of his well-known restaurant to be decorated.

As well as typical frontline staff, like doctors and nurses, some children painted pictures of postmen, binmen and even a doctor’s receptionist.

“You don’t have to be Superman to be a hero,” David told the Killarney Advertiser. “It was a great way to tell the children that without the likes of a binmen the whole place would go to mess. This is our way of saying thank you to all of them. If they are walking down the street, they will see the messages and they will know they are appreciated."

The Caragh Restaurant is steeped in Killarney history. It was first opened in 1968 by David’s father Gerry, a brother of Tralee restauranteur Der.

It was first known as the Old Kentucky Grill and locals still refer to the New St premises fondly as the ‘Kentucky’.

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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