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Killarney students examine dementia impact on families

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Show you care by being dementia aware – that’s the key message local students taking part in this year’s Young Social Innovators competition – are keen to spread.

A group of six caring Transition Year students from Killarney Community College, were inspired to focus their project on dementia and set up ‘Be Dementia Aware’, with a slogan ‘Under the Umbrella’, to help raise awareness and funds on the disease.

And not only have they set up a social media campaign - they’re also educating students in their school, organising fundraisers and getting their message out to the community.
They will be fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and local services by holding a ‘Wear Denim for Dementia’ Day in Killarney Community College, on March 8. A bake sale and a purple ribbon day is also being organised by the group to raise funds and awareness of dementia.
Young Social Innovators has inspired youth from all over Ireland to focus on a social issue of their choice, make a change and to fight for what they believe in, in their local communities and further, teacher Lorraine Crowley, Young Social Innovators Guide in Killarney Community College, explained.
“These students are extremely passionate about this topic and I am so proud of how hard they are working on this project to spread awareness about a very important issue that effects many families these days.”
The students want to raise awareness about dementia and its impact on individuals and their families, provide reliable information about dementia online and in the community, and also aim to promote information about brain health and ways to prevent dementia, she added.
“Most importantly, they want to help to create an environment where everyone can support people with dementia and their loved ones through their difficult times.”
The group have interviewed Vanessa Bradbury, a dementia advisor who works with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, and some people who have family members with dementia in their local area, to learn more about how it affects the family of the person with dementia, and get some first-hand information about how dementia changes a person.
Daily updates can be found on their Instagram page:@be_dementia_aware, on Twitter: @BDementiaAware, as well as their Facebook page: Be Dementia Aware, where they are reaching a wide audience.
They also post self-produced educational videos about different areas of dementia on their social media pages and on their YouTube channel: Be Dementia Aware.
“We are very thankful for the support ‘Be Dementia Aware’ are getting and the students hope to spread their message as much as possible to help families in and around Killarney.”

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Trees down, power out and roads flooded due to Storm Barra

Strom Barra has arrived quite violently across the county this morning causing havoc in some areas. At 6am the storm made itself known and as a result a number of trees are down and roads flooded. According to Kerry County Council, there’s some flooding at Fossa near the new brewery and it’s reported that there […]

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Strom Barra has arrived quite violently across the county this morning causing havoc in some areas.

At 6am the storm made itself known and as a result a number of trees are down and roads flooded.

According to Kerry County Council, there’s some flooding at Fossa near the new brewery and it’s reported that there is a tree down close to Lough Guitane National School with motorists advised to avoid the area. There is also a tree down at Brookhill, Kilgobnet.

There’s currently a power outage in Coolcorcoran which cut out at 6am this morning with 89 customers affected. It’s expected that the power will be restored at approximately 1.45pm today.

In other areas, the N71 road is impassable this morning near the Suspension Bridge due to flooding, as well as Pier Road in Kenmare, and trees down on N71 at Gortamullen and on the Roughty Road in Kenmare.

In Tralee, Godfrey Place, Prince’s Quay and Ballyard Road are also experiencing flooding which has now receded as pumps were in place since 5am. The road is reported to be blocked at the Ballyroe Hotel near Tralee due to flooding and there’s some flooding on the road in Ballylongford village but no properties affected currently.

The road is partially blocked at Minard Castle and there’s reports of a tree down 3km west of Killaha on Castletownbere Road.

Useful numbers

Kerry County Council’s emergency phoneline for the duration of Storm Barra is 066 7183588. Crews will respond to issues which arise when it is safe to do so.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

For other emergencies dial 999/112.

To check for power outages go to the ESB Networks website: https://powercheck.esbnetworks.ie/index.html

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Lissi’s love of nature nets prize

After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition. Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature. Each Biosphere participating awarded […]

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After a successful launch year in the Isle of Man in 2020, ‘The Young Nature Blogger 2021’ went international as Kerry Biosphere and Dublin Bay Biosphere joined the competition.

Open to anyone under 21, entrants were asked to write up to 500 words about their favourite experience or place in nature.

Each Biosphere participating awarded local prizes with the top entry from each being submitted to the international competition between the three.

This week the two judges for the international element Author Dara McAnulty and Professor Martin Price, Chair of the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee, have unanimously chosen ‘The Otter’ by Lissi Nickelsen (Kerry) as winner of the inter-Biosphere Young Nature Blogger 2021.

“I absolutely love the observational detail in this piece,” Dara McAnulty, author of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ and the youngest ever winner of The Wainright Prize for nature writing said:

“You can really feel that breathless excitement and tension of seeing an otter. The drawing shows how multimedia can be used to great effect in a blog.”

Professor Martin Price added that it “is a beautifully written blog about a very special encounter”.

“I really get the feeling of what Lissi observed so carefully, and her joy about spending time with an otter! And the drawing is wonderful too!”

Lissi will receive a young naturalist writing set from Dara McNulty, a framed otter picture from Wildlife photographer Vincent Hyland, Wild Derrynane, and a family kayak trip in the Kerry Biosphere.

The winning entry can be read on the Kerry Biosphere website www.kerrybiosphere.ie/news.

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