MOVING ONLINE: Killarney Macra members, pictured enjoying a walk in Kilcummin before the Level 5 restrictions, are continuing their interactions online.
By Michelle Crean
COVID may have put a halt to their many meet ups but Killarney Macra members are continuing their interactions - albeit online for now.
Whilst 2020, so far, has not granted most people the usual opportunities to socialise, the club has been working hard to promote its community spirit and create a positive communication space for young people.
The Killarney branch of Macra na Feirme was re-established in 2016 and was created to support the social, cultural and personal well-being of young people and adults who have a rural connection. Since then the club has gone from strength to strength, winning many awards in Macra hosted talent shows and sports events. Hikes, nights out, quizzes, farm visits, workshops and mystery tours are just some of the brilliant activities that have taken place over the years. Members have also dedicated many hours to organising and holding charity fundraisers, such as a jive dance night in 2019, in aid of the palliative care unit in University Hospital Kerry.
During the summer, the club organised various hikes in the county, such as Torc and Kilcummin, whilst also holding weekly outdoor sports events in Killarney. In Level 2 restrictions, several members were able to take part in, and win, the county round of a Macra bowling tournament.
This year, Killarney Macra have been adapting to the restrictions that COVID-19 regulations have placed on its usual schedule of events, by setting up imaginative online alternatives when necessary. They generated lots of engagement amongst their members when a photography competition was held in April, and another competition is set to take place later this month. Many of the club participants have joined in for Zoom quizzes and game nights; often playing the very popular ‘Among Us’.
“It’s been a great opportunity to get to know more of the Killarney Macra members and keep in touch with people who we haven’t been able to meet up with,” club member and Social Officer, Rory O’Connor, said.
Killarney Macra will continue to offer a diverse range of events that meet the interests of its young members. Over the coming months they will continue to promote their interaction with other Macra groups, as well as hosting games nights, quizzes, competitions and a book club. Killarney Macra hosts monthly online meetings via Zoom and it is a great way to make new friends, share ideas and have a bit of craic!
Killarney Macra na Feirme is open to all young people over 17, and it not restricted to those from farming backgrounds.
More information on the club can be found on their Facebook page, Instagram account or the Macra na Feirme website.
Katie celebrates 20 years in business
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). She […]
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.
For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).
She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.
However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.
“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.
Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.
“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.
“ She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.
“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”
County Board open to GAA museum proposals
By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]
By Sean Moriarty
The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.
There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.
Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.
His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.
Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.
However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.
“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”
Katie celebrates 20 years in business
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for...
County Board open to GAA museum proposals
By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build...
Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet
By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign....
Liam O’Connor is the Pride of Cork
By Sean Moriarty Legendary accordion player, Killarney resident and Newmarket, County Cork native Liam O’Connor will pick up a Pride...
More film fun next week with HER Festival
By Michelle Crean The film theme is set to continue in town as the second annual HER International Film Festival...
No reform for football championship as Plan B falls short
by Adam Moynihan There will be no radical change for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 2022 after a motion...
A lover of music and song: Jimmy O’Brien RIP
Eamonn Fitzgerald remembers the late Jimmy O’Brien, the eminently popular bar owner, singer and GAA fan who left an indelible...
OPINION: Plan B isn’t perfect but it’s a step in the right direction
The ‘league as championship’ model has its flaws but it must be passed at Congress nevertheless, writes Adam Moynihan As...
Public welcome to see Kilcummin’s new state-of-the-art facilities
By Michelle Crean With brand new dressing rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and gym, a referee’s room, a training pitch,...
Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics
By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic...