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Killarney to step it out in memory of Paddy

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James O'Donoghue launches the Paddy Turner Memorial Walk.

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James O'Donoghue launches the Paddy Turner Memorial Walk.

KERRY and Legion sharpshooter James O’Donoghue was on hand on Killarney’s High Street this evening to help unveil details of the first-ever Paddy Turner Memorial Walk.
The event is being organised in honour of popular Killarney man Paddy Turner, who died last year, and it will take place on Saturday, April 23. “As Paddy loved to walk every day, it is fitting that the people who knew him so well are now walking in his memory,” said organiser Enda Walshe.
For the launch, friends of Paddy gathered at 6pm this evening at the bench erected in his memory at the top of High Street.
Registration will be in the Killarney Avenue Hotel at 10.15am on April 23 and the walk itself will proceed along Mission Road, entering the demesne area at the Deenagh Bridge entrance and continuing through Killarney National Park following the route of the Circular Walk (a total of 5km).
The registration fee is a minimum donation of €10 with proceeds to go to two local charities.
One of these is the Killarney Men’s Shed which is a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities. “The facility is open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. It is a place where you can share your skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills and develop your old skills,” said Enda.
“New members are always welcome and can be assured that there is something of interest for everyone as the men have ownership of their Shed and projects and decide their own program of events. An objective of Men’s Sheds is to enhance or maintain the well-being of the participating men.”
In addition, the Killarney branch of the Kerry Mental Health Association will benefit. For many years, the association has been supporting people with mental health problems through social housing, befriending, recreational programmes, holidays, breaks for carers, transport and the provision of occupational therapy and IT equipment. The KMHA also advocates on behalf of people with mental health problems and their families and carers.
“Both these deserving charities are housed in the same complex on the site of the old Ross Products Factory on Upper Lewis Road, just a stone’s throw away from where Paddy lived,” said Enda.
“Huge thanks to Jean Courtney of Killarney Valley Athletics and Pat Dawson of the National Parks & Wildlife Service for their cooperation in facilitating the walk and also to the Gardaí for their assistance.”
 


 
Kerry and Legion football star James O’Donoghue launches the Paddy Turner Memorial Walk.

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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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