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KERRY team trainer Eamonn Fitzmaurice and footballer James O'Donoghue took time out from training this week for one big push for the Kerry Expo which takes place in the INEC, Killarney, on Sunday, April 9.

The Kerry Expo takes place on April 9 in the INEC and the entire event promises fun, activity and a stellar line up of family entertainment. Over 130 businesses will exhibit and the entertainment programme includes, 9ft Robot Ted, Storm Troopers, 6ft robot, magic shows, The Tall Gent and drum dancing.

In a bid to stimulate interest and advancement in STEM projects, Kerry-based companies and organisations have actively taken steps to encourage children to participate in fun and interactive workshops, including The Wacky Science Pod hosted by Astellas and circus workshops with Malachy Kelly. Astellas is offering a range of enticing prizes. The competitions will be held at the Expo on April 9 and registration for workshops is advisable for more details go to Kerryexpo.ie

Meanwhile in the lead-up to the event, secondary school students can be in with the chance to win a €500 prize for their “Why Kerry” story. Students are asked to take a 30-second video of what they most love about living in Kerry and with parental permission, post their video to YouTube and submit the link with their contact details to info@kerryexpo.ie. The winner will be announced at the EXPO.

Vintage cars and tractors will also be among the key attractions while you will also get to savour tips from the Supervalu cooking demos and tastings from the Food Academy as well as a tipple or two from the Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder. The Bon Secours Hospital is offering an amazing list of free health checks and will have qualified staff at hand throughout the day.

Fashion as well as business, sport, lifestyle, entertainment and recruitment across the entire county will be showcased.

Kerry Expo aims to highlight the county’s many social and commercial offerings. It is designed to allow companies of all sizes to integrate, while at the same time connect and engage with the Kerry community in a fun and interactive environment. Corporations, industries and organisations across Kerry have collaborated with the GAA and IFA to raise awareness with regards to the social and commercial aspects of the county, in a bid to repopulate both the playing fields and the vacant job positions.

The director of Kerry Expo, Liz Maher, said: “Events like this are extremely costly both from a financial and resource commitment. The support extended by the management team, supporting partners and financial sponsors and sponsors in kind, has been truly amazing. Together major companies, organisations and institutions have contributed greatly, allowing us to bring a day of celebration to Kerry, while at the same time keeping costs at affordable levels for smaller businesses. Contributions and sponsorship has facilitated inclusion and support for small and start-up companies and allowed them to contribute to the greater business community" For registration and further details go to kerryexpo.ie

 


 
Above: Kerry team trainer Eamonn Fitzmaurice and footballer James O'Donoghue took time out from training this week for one big push for the Kerry Expo which takes place in the INEC, Killarney, on Sunday, April 9. They are pictured with Killarney Municipal District Mayor Cllr Brendan Cronin, Angela McAllen, Kerry County Council, Karie Larkin, Astellas Killorglin, Sinead Delaney, Enercon and entertainer Malachy Kelly with an old Ford car at the Kerry EXPO push at Fitzgerald Stadium this week. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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