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Kerry Mental Health Association has released three videos to promote mental well-being through the art of creating floral decorations at home.

The charity has teamed-up with Tralee-based Michelle McElligott who creates stunning floral arrangements as a hobby, has given her time to demonstrate, on video, how to make floral arrangements at home, school or in community and mental health day centres.

“There are simple things we can do as part of our daily life to protect our mental health," General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, said.

"Each of the Five Ways To Wellbeing – Connect | Be Active | Take Notice | Keep Learning | Give – can play a key part in helping each of us mind our mental health. Last Christmas we promoted this through the art of baking while this year, we’re embracing the fun and challenges associated with creating floral decorations. We are grateful to Michelle McElligott for giving her time to share her talent with viewers who will enjoy recreating her arrangements.”

In episode one, Michelle shows how to make a beautiful wreath/garland for the front door, the second is a novel Christmas cracker and the third is a table candle decoration.

All three videos can be viewed on Kerry Mental Health Association's Facebook page, Twitter feed and on the following YouTube links:

Episode 1 - Christmas Floral Wreath/Garland
Episode 2 - Christmas Floral Cracker Decoration
Episode 3 - Christmas Floral Candle Table Centrepiece

If you or someone you know is experiencing a personal crisis, is unable to cope and needs support, text HELLO to 50808. If your life is in imminent risk, call 112 or 999 for emergency help. Details of other resources are available from local supports – Kerry Mental Health Association.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Board, staff and volunteers in Kerry Mental Health Association.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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