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Locals take to the skies in memory of Stephen

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FLYING HIGH: Aidan O'Connor during the skydive in memory of Stephen Lyne.

By Michelle Crean

Locals took to the skies – a whole 10,000 feet in fact – to remember one local lad who tragically died 10 years ago.

The 10 participants, who travelled to Edenderry in Offaly for the ‘Jump for Stephen’ skydive on June 15, included Susan O’Donoghue, Aisling Flemming, Jake O’Donoghue, Dan O’Connor, Susan Murhill, Michael Landley, Aaron Morris, Liadh Tobin, Graham O’Connor and Aidan O’Connor.

The group took part in the fundraiser to support Lotte Lyne, who now runs the ‘Roots of Empathy’ program in primary schools in Killarney, after her son Stephen was murdered in  knife attack in the town 10 years ago.

Through the programme, she’s hoping youngsters will learn to connect with others on a deeper level and not turn to violence as they grow.  “The day was fabulous, weather conditions were great for the skydive and all 10 did their skydive from 10,000 feet,” Lotte told the Killarney Advertiser.

“All of them found the experience incredible and would do it again. I am so grateful to these wonderful local heroes for doing the ‘Jump for Stephen’ in memory of Stephen’s 10th anniversary, and also for their tireless efforts in raising much needed funds to keep ‘Roots of Empathy’ programme in our primary schools.”
The total amount raised is not yet finalised, but she’s hoping to have a final figure by the end of the week.

“I would also like to thank O’Callaghan Coaches for sponsoring the bus. They sent us to Offaly in one of their luxurious new busses which made the trip up and down very comfortable and enjoyable. I am so grateful to local businesses when they go above and beyond to support the Stephen Lyne Foundation,” she said.

 

[caption id="attachment_27105" align="aligncenter" width="3024"] ONE...TWO...JUMP! The participants who did the skydive in memory of Stephen Lyne included Susan O’Donoghue, Aisling Flemming, Jake O’Donoghue, Dan O’Connor, Susan Murhill, Michael Landley, Aaron Morris, Liadh Tobin, Graham O’Connor and Aidan O’Connor.[/caption]

 

 

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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