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Killarney students amongst winners in Garda Youth Achievement Awards

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AWARD: Killarney Community College Transition Year student Rachel Griffin has been awarded a Garda Youth Achievement Award.

 

By Michelle Crean

Killarney was represented well in this year’s Lee Strand and Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards which were announced on Saturday night. As with most events this year it was a virtual affair and took place live on Radio Kerry hosted by Alan Finn with listeners tuning in from all over Kerry, across Ireland and abroad.

The awards show recognised the great contribution young people have made and continue to make to their communities in Kerry. A total of 25 awards were presented with each nominator reading a citation for each of the award winners. The award show also included interviews, music and a host of celebrity guests also paid tribute to this year’s award winners.

Killarney Community College Transition Year student Rachel Griffin was announced a winner and celebrated with her family in the comfort of her own home.

Rachel was nominated for her award by her music teacher Ms Hughes who stated that “Rachel is an unbelievably talented musician who plays guitar, sings, writes and composes her own songs”.

Rachel has stood out as an exceptional musician the moment she came into the school as a First Year. She has always had an amazing work ethic and selflessly helps others in her class. Rachel is a member of our school choir, won our annual ‘Who’s Got Talent Competition’ in 2018 and starred in the lead role of Beauty in our ‘Beauty and the Beast’ show in 2019. We are so proud of her,” Ms Hughes said.

Rachel performed a pre-recorded song in her kitchen which was harmonised by her mother and sister and played during the ceremony. Huge numbers from the school tuned in to celebrate in Rachel’s success.

St Brigid’s students Michelle Hickey, Ellen Farndon, Emma Affonso, Rebecca Kenny and Katie O’Connor also all received Merit awards on the night.

 

MERIT: Michelle Hickey, Ellen Farndon, Emma Affonso, Rebecca Kenny and Katie O’Connor all received Merit Awards in the Garda Youth Achievement Awards on Saturday Night.

 

 

The overall winner was named as 21-year-old Amy Roche from Tralee. Amy was nominated by Lisa Curran for all her amazing help with Lisa’s 10-year-old son Christopher who is autistic.

OVERALL WINNER: 21-year-old Amy Roche (right) from Tralee was announced as the Overall Winner of the Lee Strand and Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Award. Amy was nominated by Lisa Curran (left) for all her amazing help with Lisa’s 10-year-old son Christopher who has autism. Photo: Domnick Walsh

 

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The Special Achievement Award Winner was Emma Kerin, Scartaglen nominated by St Mary Basketball Castleisland. Faye Greely and Molly Ní Shé from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle were announced as the Group Award Winners. Lifesavers CCC from Castleisland Community College were winners of the Community Safety Award.

The 21 merit award winners were: Caoimhe Harte, Duagh; Lisa Flynn, Cordal; Ronan Foley, Killorglin; Maisie and Edie Hall, Castlegregory; Rebecca Kenny, Katie O’Connor, Michelle Hickey, Ellen Farndon, St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary Killarney; Emma Affonso, St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary Killarney; Adam Cronin, Killarney No Name Club; Natasha Myers, Killorglin Community College; Conor Flaherty, Ethan Ward, Philip Tracey, CBS The Green, Tralee; Ethan Slattery, Killarney Order of Malta; Mounthawk Transition Year Fashion Show Students, Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee; Bradleigh Smith, Killorglin Community College; Alison O’Sullivan, Killarney No Name Club; Aoise Healy, Presentation Secondary, Tralee; Currow Community Clean-Up Transition Year Group, Presentation Secondary Castleisland; Troy Kennedy, St Michael’s College Listowel; Rachel Griffin, Killarney Community College, Thomas White and Anna-Marie O’Donnell, Tralee Red Cross; Hannah O’Sullivan, Colaiste na Sceilge, Caherciveen, Holly O’Brien, Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee, and Tyler O’Sullivan, Killorglin Community College.

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Pharmacy jabs begin today

By Michelle Crean  Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.

Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.

Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.

“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.

“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”

Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.

“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”

Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.

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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene

By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.

Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.

The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.

The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.

The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.

“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”

Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.

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The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.

“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”

Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.

For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.

“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”

Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.

Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.

“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”

Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.

“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”

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