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Local adventure company scoops two national awards

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Quest Killarney is a hot favourite for over 2000 participants each year and its organisers were delighted to scoop two major national awards this past week.
Elite Event Management, based in Killarney, secured the ‘Best Outdoor/Adventure Event of 2018’ at the national Outsider Awards on Wednesday (January 30).
Elite Events, who were in Dublin at the Sugar Club to receive their award, saw off stiff competition from 22 other shortlisted events to claim the prize.
It’s the second national award for the company as they also topped the ‘Editor’s Choice, Event of the Year’ category for the Run Killarney half-marathon at the Running in Ireland Awards.
Quest Killarney took place on October 6, and saw more than 2000 participants run, cycle and kayak around Killarney National Park.
The event was credited as ‘a firm favourite on Ireland’s adventure calendar’ as the Outsider Awards recognise the very best in the outdoor and adventure scene in Ireland.
Quest Killarney is an adventure race which involves racers running, cycling and kayaking through the Killarney National Park with routes taking in Strickeen Mountain, the Gap of Dunloe, Mangerton, Cardiac steps, Torc and more. The event is topped off by a wonderful party-atmosphere at the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel when participants celebrate and relive their memories of their day and achievements.
Oliver Kirwan, Race Director was presented with the Outsider Awards prize by Fiona Monaghan of Fáilte Ireland, sponsors of the category.
“We are over the moon to win this award for Quest Killarney and for the second year in a row a Quest event has taken the title which we are ecstatic about,” Oliver said.
“Our team works hard all year round to deliver world-class events and this award goes to prove that we’re leading the way when it comes to event production in Ireland. We’re very fortunate to have lots of support locally in Killarney where Quest started out as the Killarney Adventure Race back in 2011. But we have spread right across the country since then and we’re looking forward to bringing lots more enjoyable events to our participants in the years ahead. Thanks to Outsider Magazine and Fáilte Ireland for this award and to everyone who voted for us to win.”

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

“This year has been the biggest yet with 140 shoeboxes collected and many more donations online,” Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha NS, said. “It is a learning experience for the children to realise that there are children just like themselves who may not be so fortunate and they really enjoy being given the opportunity to help out. They have great suggestions as to what to put in the shoeboxes and really put a lot of thought into it. The boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper which is also very exciting both for the children doing the wrapping as well for the children receiving the boxes.” However, he added that last year the COVID-19 pandemic brought about big changes and the physical shoeboxes were not collected. “Instead the children were able to do virtual shoeboxes or donate money. This cloud had a silver lining as this year people have both options and it makes it easier than ever to donate. The shoebox appeal always marks the start of Christmas at Faha NS and we are delighted to be able to help out. We are already looking to smash our record next year! Thanks to everyone who donated. The staff and students of Faha NS would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year 2022.”

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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