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Killarney women create helpful childcare podcast

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By Michelle Crean

Two Killarney women who are no strangers to chatting are using their skills to highlight topics which is sure to interest parents.

Aoife Murphy (27) and her sister-in-law Jenny McCarthy (25), both Early Years professionals from Killarney recently set up podcast 'Little Steps, Big Futures: The Podcast' talking everything child related and it's proving very popular.

The idea came in August when chatting one day about the changes in childcare and how there were no real resources out there for parents and guardians. They immediately decided to create an Instagram and Facebook account and it proved so popular they they soon put together podcasts covering a range of topics including biting, toilet training, screen time, attachments, childcare schemes available to single parents, wages, and men in childcare.

"The Instagram was doing well and we had a wild idea to start a podcast then as we can expand on so much more on there," Aoife, who managed a Naionra in Killarney but after the lockdown in March moved to Washington DC, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"So in September we started the podcast with just myself and Jenny. We chatted about who we were and why we were here. Then we expanded and asked some guests to come on. We wanted to set up an informative and educational platform for educators, carers, parents and guardians as there was a gap in the market. We received lots of messages about the music therapy and the ASD preschool guests as many parents did not even know these resources existed. Helping spread awareness about the different channels available for children and families is so rewarding."

Recently they had a guest called Megan Buckley Heelan who spoke about her sister Mia who has a very rare condition called Chromosome Deletion Syndrome 13q.

"The response we got from that episode was unreal and because of that we have set up a fundraiser for CUH Children's Charity and BUMBLEance both picked by Mia and Megan's family as they are close to their hearts."

On Wednesday they had a 'Raise Awareness Day" for this condition using the #wearpurplefor13Q.

For more see their Instagram and Facebook page: 'Little Steps, Big Futures'.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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