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Locals prepare to launch ‘Nathan’s Walk’

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By Michelle Crean

A local mother, whose young son took his own life, is now calling for an outreach service for Killarney town to help others in distress.

Marie O’Carroll, who has spearheaded ‘Nathan’s Walk Darkness Into Light’ since 2011 to remember her “beautiful boy” Nathan (14), has helped raise €350,000 to date from the local walk in aid of Pieta House.

Nathan died on December 16, 2007, however, his memory lives on as thousands descend on Killarney every year for the walk.

“He was a beautiful little boy,” Marie O’Carroll told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“He loved everybody, he was a people’s person and would help anyone.”

And as Marie, and her family, prepare for this year’s annual walk, taking place on Saturday, May 11, at 4.15am, she’s hoping that funds this year could be set aside to open an outreach service locally.

“We are pushing strongly for an outreach centre in Killarney,” she said.

“We are hoping this year to get one in Killarney. Even if it was only two days a week – it’d be very helpful for people to make contact with qualified counsellors.”

She added that Killarney was the first town in Kerry to hold a Darkness into Light walk. The first year we raised €25,000, the second €30,000 and year three €60,000.”

This coming Monday night, the walk will be officially launched in JM Reidy’s, at 7.45pm.

There’ll be guest speakers and finger food. On the night, participants can pre-register for the walk in Reidy’s Courtyard.

“Everyone is welcome on the night,” she added.

If unable to attend, there will also be four pre-registration nights in the Racecourse on Thursday and Friday May 2 and 3, and again the following week on Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, from 5pm to 8pm.

People can also register on the night but hare advised to arrive at least two hours beforehand, she added.

The 5k route will begin from Killarney Racecourse, go down the main Ross Road, the Lakeshore Walk down by the river bed, and out by Tangneys.

People are also reminded to bring torches, and refreshments including teas and coffee, water and cakes will be available after the walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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