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AWARENESS: Killian Heelan from Killarney has been chosen as one of 20 of Ireland's leading TikTokkers to raise awareness around sexual consent, as part of an innovative, new collaboration with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney lad who is amongst Ireland’s top leading social influencers is part of a major innovative, youth-driven national campaign to raise awareness around sexual consent.

With 1.4m likes and 52.3k followers on the world’s leading social media App for youngsters, Killian Heelan (21) was asked to join the Rape Crisis Centre’s #100Consent Campaign. Only 20 of the top TikTokers in Ireland were chosen and Killian says he’s proud to be part of the campaign to help others become more educated on the topic.
“As small of a country as Ireland is, it’s a big topic,” Killian this week told the Killarney Advertiser.
“There’s lots of people who don’t have enough education on it.”
The campaign by the Rape Crisis Centre was set up in a bid to reach the most critical demographic and support in consent education.

With their 20 influencers they now have a combined following of 2.8m people largely in the 16-24 year-old age bracket which they hope to reach with their new video.

The #100Consent campaign focuses on clarity and communication, understanding that being even one percent unsure when it comes to sexual consent, could have devastating consequences. By engaging the TikTokkers through a voluntary day of workshops and brainstorming sessions, the DRCC is challenging these young, creative content producers to convey the #100Consent messaging to their followers in a style and medium that resonates. Workshop themes will include ‘The stages of consent’, ‘The scale of agreement’ and ‘The power of social influence’.

“Not a lot of young people watch TV nowadays so social media can be used in more ways with video. TikTok is the App of choice for young people and it’s definitely going to take over.”

“Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is both honoured and delighted that these great young people agreed to give time and thought to this new #100Consent campaign,” Noeline Blackwell, CEO of the, said. “Their TikTok activity shows that they are all brilliant communicators. We are learning a lot from them and are really looking forward to this collaboration. As far as we know, this is the first time that Irish TikTokkers have assembled to talk about an important social issue from a campaign perspective. We in the DRCC are excited to be part of a new way of getting the consent message out there and getting young people to think about how consent really features in their lives.”

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Caution urged as “damaging gusts” expected during Storm Barra

Road users are being advised to be extremely cautious during tomorrow’s Storm Barra after an Orange Weather Alert was issued for the county. According to Met Éireann, southerly winds which will later becoming north-westerly, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with severe or damaging gusts of up to 130km/h, possibly higher in coastal […]

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Road users are being advised to be extremely cautious during tomorrow’s Storm Barra after an Orange Weather Alert was issued for the county.

According to Met Éireann, southerly winds which will later becoming north-westerly, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with severe or damaging gusts of up to 130km/h, possibly higher in coastal areas affecting Kerry, Clare, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.

A Yellow Warning has been issued for the rest of the country on Tuesday and for a time on Wednesday, as Storm Barra brings very strong winds and spells of heavy rain across Ireland. Heavy rain will bring localised flooding. There will also be a risk of coastal flooding on south and west coasts.

Road users in areas affected by the Orange Warning are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey.

The following advice is being given by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to road users.

Motorists:

Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds, especially on exposed routes such as dual carriageways and motorways. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

Beware of objects being blown onto the road. Expect road conditions to change quickly in high winds so reduce your speed.

Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.

Drivers need to slow down in wet weather conditions, to avoid the risk of aquaplaning. Drivers should also leave a bigger gap between themselves and the vehicle in front.

If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. They may also have trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.

Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.

After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.

Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

Advice to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists:

In areas affected by Orange Weather Warnings you should consider postponing your journey until conditions improve.

Visibility and light is reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.

Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Walk on a footpath where possible and not in the street. If there is a footpath and it is safe to use, look out for falling debris from above, especially in urban areas.

Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.

Cyclist should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike such as bright and light reflective items.

For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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