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Mayor and Gardai ask people to stay at home this Bank Holiday weekend

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Gardai say they will be extra vigilant towards visitors from outside the county who may be making unessential journeys over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

They will operate a number of checkpoints across the county and will target known visitor spots as well as additional checkpoints on secondary routes and in towns and villages.

The operation will run until the end of the May Bank Holiday weekend on Monday night, May 4.

“Places are closed, beaches are closed, there is no point in travelling,” Superintendent Flor Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser. “People may consider accessing the county to visit holiday homes and the like, but they are not welcome.”

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Kerry Cllr Niall Kelleher, said that the long weekend must not be an excuse to change behaviour and he reiterated the appeal of the public health authorities for everyone to stay the course.

“I am appealing to everyone in Kerry to stay at home this weekend and thereby show support for those on the frontline who are leading the response on the Coronavirus,” he said.

“There are signs that the sacrifices we are all making are having an impact in the battle against this dreadful disease. It is hugely challenging for everyone to stay at home, to limit social contact and to stay away from our loved ones. But at this critical juncture, we must stay the course and not be tempted to relax our approach or change our behaviour.”

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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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