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Legion Ladies the only Kerry club selected for mental health programme

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MENTAL HEALTH: Legion GAA Club is the only Kerry Gaelic football team selected to take part in a national mental health programme. Pictured are: Celina Looney and Máiréad O'Donoghue. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Sean Moriarty

The women’s branch of the Legion GAA Club is the only Kerry Gaelic football team selected to take part in a national mental health programme. The Lidl ‘One Good Club’ initiative will raise funds and awareness for Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, and it is run by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA).

The ‘One Good Club’ programme aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health across the LGFA community.

The initiative offers clubs the opportunity to support all members and engage in activities that can promote their health and well-being.

Clubs will participate in a dedicated 10 week programme from March 1 with each two week window following a specific theme to cover five different areas of mental health.

“We hope to transform the club into a hub for positive youth mental health in the community," Legion’s chairperson Celina Looney told the Killarney Advertiser.

"As everyone will be aware many of our members are having to deal with added stress and pressure during these current times. Sport plays a crucial outlet for young people’s positive mental health and adds to the ‘Be Active’ message utilised by Jigsaw as part of their five-a-day for positive mental health. We ask all our members, players, coaches, parents, friends and the wider Killarney community to get involved and support our ‘One Good Club’ initiatives.”

While the project is organised locally by the Legion Ladies team it is open to everyone, male and female and to club and non-club members.

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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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