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Paul O'Neill, Killarney Chamber, Bobby Dwyer, manager, AIB, Padraig Daly, Killarney Valley AC, Kate O'Leary, Killarney Chamber President, Tomas Griffin, AIB, Johnny McGuire, Killarney Chamber, and front, James O'Donoghue and Brian Looney, AIB.

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KERRY sharpshooters Colm Cooper and James O’Donoghue will be ensuring everyone is under starters’ orders in Killarney today for the AIB Schools Fitness Challenge. And the GAA stars will be on hand throughout the day to meet and greet the athletes.
Last year over a thousand students took part in this major sporting event hosted by the South/East Community Rural Track group and St Brendan’s College and sponsored by AIB.
The hugely successful 5k event, in aid of the Killarney Microtrack project on New Road, is being organised by the same trio of groups again this year.
Registration today for the AIB Schools Fitness Challenge is in the field at Knockreer in Killarney National Park at 12.15pm (next to the playground) and the event will start at 1pm sharp.
It is open to all secondary school students who will run/jog/walk a 5k route and fifth/sixth class primary students who will complete a 2k course.
“The Killarney Microtrack project aims to provide the Killarney and surrounding communities with a fantastic facility that all surrounding communities will benefit from,” said Brian Looney of AIB.
The participants’ €5 donation will go directly towards the local community project, Killarney Microtrack Fund.
 


 
Above: Launching the AIB Schools Fitness Challenge are Paul O'Neill, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Bobby Dwyer, manager, AIB, Padraig Daly, Killarney Valley AC, Kate O'Leary, Killarney Chamber President, Tomas Griffin, AIB, Johnny McGuire, Killarney Chamber, and front, James O'Donoghue and Brian Looney, AIB.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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