AN ONLINE petition to open a skate park in Killarney has attracted almost a thosuand signatures in only a month and teenagers throughout the town have backed the campaign.
At present, youngsters skateboard at two main locations in Killarney – beside the courthouse and next to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, New Road. But they find they are usually asked to move on.
They are supported in their quest for a skate park by Councillor Donal Grady who has brought the matter to the attention of the local authority over the years.
He said €20,000 would develop a park. “We need to get a safe area to develop this. The motion was passed by the council and we want young people to have input in developing this facility,” Cllr Grady said. “First we have to find a suitable place.”
A Killarney family told Killarney Advertiser that their children are envious of their counterparts in other countries and counties who can access a skate park whenever they want.
The nearest skate parks to Killarney are in Ballincollig and Limerick city centre. “It's a shame that our sons have to travel outside the county to enjoy the sport they love,” they stated. “Facilities are much better developed in continental Europe. Ever since the boys were small the skateboard and scooter have been the first thing into the suitcase for a trip abroad, and the itinerary usually includes visits to a skate park or two.
“Driving through France and Spain it's quite common to see villages with their own skate park, and in cities like Brussels and Barcelona the skaters are a tourist attraction in their own right.”
Above: Cllr Donal Grady with Killarney skateboarders Tomas Connolly and Daire Carey. Pic: Eamonn Keogh
Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead
By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]
By Con Dennehy
The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.
Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.
In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.
Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.
Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.
There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.
Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.
The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.
“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.
She was going for a run
A Killarney priest in New York led vigils in memory of Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old teacher who was senselessly murdered in Tullamore, last week. WORDS: Sean Moriarty Photos: Marie Carroll O’Sullivan Fr Brendan Fitzgerald, the pastor of St. Barnabas Church in The Bronx, led the vigil at the Ashling Irish Centre on McClean Avenue.“The gathering, more […]
A Killarney priest in New York led vigils in memory of Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old teacher who was senselessly murdered in Tullamore, last week.
WORDS: Sean Moriarty Photos: Marie Carroll O’Sullivan
Fr Brendan Fitzgerald, the pastor of St. Barnabas Church in The Bronx, led the vigil at the Ashling Irish Centre on McClean Avenue.
“The gathering, more than 3,100 miles away from the scene of the unimaginable crime, is a small example of the shockwaves that Murphy’s death has sent through the global Irish community,” said the New York-based Irish community on-line news agency IrishCentral.com.
Closer to home hundreds more gathered at Killarney Racecourse on Friday night to pray for the young woman and her family.
Cllr Marie Moloney, the Mayor of Killarney of Killarney led local tributes.
The Killarney vigil was organised by Vera O’Leary of the Kerry Rape Crisis Centre and Lily McMonagle who thanked the public for their support at such short notice.
“At the outset, I wish to convey my sincere and genuine sympathy to the family, friends, work colleagues and pupils of the late Ashling Murphy,” said the Mayor.
“I was with great shock and horror that I learned of the brutal and untimely death of Ashling.
“A young innocent woman who was simply going for a jog in broad daylight. I have attended a vigil and seen the many vigils from all over this country, attend by both women and men, which indicates the abhorrence that all feel about the brutal and cold murder of this young woman and indeed the level of fear that women, in particular, live with.”
Mayor Moloney warned of a greater societal issue where woman cannot feel safe if they are out walking alone – the fact the Miss Murphy was murdered in broad daylight adds to the widespread shock people are feeling.
“It is very easy for people to say that women should not go out on their own, but in real life this is not always possible. Women have to fit things in around their busy lives and it can necessitate walking to work or to catch a bus or train early in the morning or home in the evening, or going for a jog or run when time allows and it is not always feasible that they have someone to accompany them,” she added.
“No woman, nor indeed men, but predominantly women, should have to live in fear, not to have to keep looking over their shoulder every time they are out for a walk or run.”
She called on government action, and change by the courts. Sentencing needs to be strengthened with proper and lengthy confinement for assaults on women and for episodes of Domestic Violence.
“Violence against women must be stopped and I am calling on Government to commit to radical structural reform in the implementation of the 3rd National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV), which is scheduled for publication later this year,” added Mayor Moloney.
“I am also calling for more funding for the Psychiatric services which may alleviate a lot of domestic and public violence.”
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