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Mass to remember those lost in the War of Independence

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To remember the past and the sacrifices made by the ordinary people of Ireland, a Mass of Commemoration for all those who died during the War of Independence will take place tomorrow (Sunday).

All are welcome to attend the service in Kilcummin Parish Church at 11.30am, followed by a short ceremony nearby at the Mass Rock in Rathanane, which is being organised by Kilcummin Historical Group.

"As we draw near the end of 2021 let us take the time to reflect on the War of Independence," Conor Doolan, one of the organisers and author of ‘Kilcummin Folk, Land and Liberty: A Local History’, told the Killarney Advertiser.

After the 1916 rebellion a swell of nationalist sentiment swept across the nation and as early 1917 Sinn Féin clubs appeared in Kilcummin. Due to the size of the parish it is divided into eastern and western jurisdictions, he added.

"Around this time the Irish tricolour was raised at Anabla National School, a great act of defiance at the time. Pipe and Drum bands were popular and the Anabla Volunteers organised their own band and are cited as accompanying political demonstrations in Killarney town."

1919 Onwards

Likewise, Old IRA Company’s representing Kilcummin in the west and Anabla to the east were established, he explained.

"The same can be said for the two Cumann na mBan branches in the parish. Marguerite Fleming from Milleen went on to be a significant national figure in Cumann na mBan but her contribution to Irish freedom has been largely forgotten. By 1919 the British Army had commandeered the Great Southern Hotel thus transforming it into a barracks. It was predominantly occupied by the East Lancashire Regiment, Manchester Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers. Prior to that of course, the Royal Irish Constabulary were housed in a castle-like structure that stood where the Áras Phádraig is located today. New RIC recruits known as the ‘Black and Tans’ and ‘the Auxies’ arrived in 1920 wreaking havoc across the country."

Forgotten

Volunteer Patrick McCarthy from College Street Killarney was accidentally wounded and died while on active service in Kilcummin.

"It's also worth mentioning that Killarney man Sean O’Leary of Ballydribeen was a volunteer in the Tipperary IRA. Unarmed, O’Leary was killed by ‘the Auxies’ near Moneygall. What most people refer to as Flesk Bridge is in fact the ‘McCarthy-O’Leary’ Bridge, renamed by Kerry County Council in 1968. Two young English soldiers named Private Motley and Private Steer were killed near Anabla before the Truce in 1921. They were repatriated to Lancashire in 1927."

Hannah Carey was the last person killed in the Irish War of Independence. On July 11, 1921 The RIC & Black and Tans were firing indiscriminately as they drove down College Street. Carey was struck by a stray bullet. She was going about her day's work at the Imperial Hotel, now known as the Killarney Towers Hotel.

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The weather is glorious at the moment, so I thought I would put together some jobs to keep every gardener busy! Winter bedding is now available – so plant up containers and pots to keep everything cheerful this winter! Conifers such as Goldcrest and Elwoodiis are an excellent choice for a centrepiece, as are Cordylines, […]

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The weather is glorious at the moment, so I thought I would put together some jobs to keep every gardener busy!

Winter bedding is now available – so plant up containers and pots to keep everything cheerful this winter! Conifers such as Goldcrest and Elwoodiis are an excellent choice for a centrepiece, as are Cordylines, Phormiums and topiary plants such as Buxus and Bay laurels. Heathers give colour all winter, as do ornamental cabbages. Winter pansies, violas and Batchelor’s buttons are all in stock now, and will provide colour for months, Cyclamen are beautiful – but beware! They do not like getting too wet, so ideally use them in pots and window boxes which do not get too much rain.

Bulbs provide a welcome splash of colour in the early spring, at a time when things are looking grey and grim. Choose from an extensive range – tulips, daffs, crocus, snowdrops – to name but a few. Planting mixtures of different varieties can lead to stunning displays in a pot, for example, plant in layers: tulips at the bottom, then daffs, hyacinth, crocus and anenomes for a long lasting pot of colour. In the garden plant bulbs in informal clusters of uneven numbers to give a natural looking display. Alliums are particularly trendy at the moment, these ornamental onions are available in pinks, white and yellow.

PRUNING

Pruning is one of those jobs which can give immense satisfaction. All old flower heads, the straggly growth of herbaceous plants and branches of unkempt shrubs can go into the compost heap. Pruning equipment can be confusing for the new gardener, so here are a few guidelines: there are two types of secateurs, bypass and anvil. The anvil secateurs is used for dead wood, but the bypass secateurs can be used for live as well as dead wood. The hedge shears are used to prune large shrubs or hedges, but is best for soft or thin growth. Loppers are used to prune trees and thicker branches and have long handles. These also come as anvil or bypass. Some of these are geared, these take the strain and strength needed out of the job, an excellent invention!

As the days get shorter and wetter, moss will start to grow again. Treat paths before they get slippy, with a product such as MossOff. Try to keep fallen leaves off lawns as they contribute to poor growth of grass and strong moss growth. A leafblower makes the job easy – especially a cordless one!

Lawns benefit from a final treatment in the autumn with a product such as an Autumn Lawn Feed and Weed or Viano Recovery from the producers of MO Bacter. These products both treat the roots of the grass, making the plant itself stronger for the winter. They do not cause excessive growth.

Finally, if there are empty beds in your vegetable garden, consider sowing a green manure such as winter rye or red clover. These will prevent weeds from taking over as well as enriching the soil with nitrogen. In the spring they can be cut down and dug into the soil, providing essential organic matter.

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Take the stress out of a career change

By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors People change career for a variety of reasons. For some people the desire to change comes from feeling unfulfilled or stressed in a current role or the need for more flexibility and autonomy as circumstances in your personal life evolve. Other people are prompted […]

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

People change career for a variety of reasons. For some people the desire to change comes from feeling unfulfilled or stressed in a current role or the need for more flexibility and autonomy as circumstances in your personal life evolve.

Other people are prompted to change because of ambition to develop professionally, the desire for more meaning or purpose, job security or to earn more money.

Whether career change is forced upon you through organisational restructuring or is an active choice you are making, it can bring a mix of emotions. Among them is the fear and a lack of confidence on how to navigate the change effectively and the feeling of overwhelm associated with not knowing where to start. Conversely, it can be a time of great excitement about the possibility of taking on a new (and maybe very different) role or opportunity. Either way, drawing up a career action plan that breaks down the process into manageable tasks will help to ease any stress associated with career change and save you time and energy in the long run.

UNLOCKING YOUR POTENTIAL

Start by thinking about where you are now and where you would like to be – what are your priorities and non-negotiables and what are the practicalities you need to consider? To dig deeper do a self-assessment audit of your transferable skills and competencies, your career values and character strengths. Journal your career change journey by recording anything interesting you find out about yourself or career areas you are interested in. Some people like the idea of drawing up a career vision board as part of the process. Set clear goals and a specific timeline for yourself. As you gain more clarity, write out what your ideal job specification might look like, this will guide your job search. Explore options to up-skill or retrain if you feel this is helpful or necessary. Do a spring clean of your CV so that it reflects you accurately and favourably. Reach out to people in your network who may be able to assist you as you navigate this transition. Think about possible side projects you could work on to explore different areas before taking a big leap. Set up or update your LinkedIn profile, it is an important part of career development. Practice interview skills, you want to be able to perform confidently when they come around. Think about this process as unlocking the potential of your ‘career brand’ so that you and prospective employers have a strong sense of who you are professionally, what you value and what you bring to the workplace. Doing this work will enable you to approach your job search and career change with renewed confidence. It will take some time but it will be worth it!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Careers Advisor – For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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