NATIONAL AWARD: Pictured at the Young Social Innovators Ireland Awards 2019 at Croke Park, Dublin are students and staff from Killarney Community College who won the Social Media Award. Photo by Debbie Hickey.
By Michelle Crean
Killarney students are celebrating this week after winning a national award for their project to make their community a better place to live.
The youngsters from Killarney Community College won the National Young Social Innovators Social Media Award at the YSI Awards Ceremony under the category 'Making our Community Better' in Croke Park, for their project 'Be Dementia Aware', on May 15.
Working in teams, young people aged between 15-18 identify a social issue of concern to them, explore it and come up with real actions to create change.
The Killarney students were one of 31 finalists through to the awards out of 413 innovative projects around Ireland. Each was presented with a pin and a glass trophy designed by John Rocha.
The main aim of 'Be Dementia Aware' is to raise awareness about dementia and how it effects families, their YSI Guide and teacher, Lorraine Crowley explained.
“The students believed that this issue needed to be explored and wanted to create an environment where everyone can support people with dementia and their loved ones through their difficult times,” she said.
“The group of students were invited to Dáil Éireann where they were greeted and guided by TD Michael Healy-Rae and treated like VIPs.”
The students created and have actively used a number of different social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to publicise their awareness campaign throughout the year.
‘Be Dementia Aware’ created innovative and educational videos to inform people in the community about dementia and support families who have loved ones with the illness . These can be viewed on their social media platforms, their YouTube channel and also their website www.bedementiaaware.com.
“The passion and innovation these students have shown since the beginning of the year is an inspiration to all young people in Kerry and beyond. They showed great care and support towards the families and the people who have dementia in their community.”
Team member Aoife O’Brien added that they know they are making a difference in their community.
“Because of us, people are much more educated and feel comforted and touched that a group of young people care so much about raising awareness about this issue.”
Student Caoimhe Fleming added that one woman donated money to them in memory of her mother who suffered from dementia and passed away in January.
“We have donated this to the Rockmount Care Centre in Kilgarvan.”
Are you getting enough sleep?
By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]
By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness
We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.
Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.
In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.
Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?
So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.
Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:
It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.
Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.
Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.
Brain dump for the next day:
Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.
Set out your clothes the evening before:
This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.
Cool, dark and quiet:
When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.
Buy an alarm clock:
This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!
Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.
Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”
By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]
By Sean Moriarty
Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.
The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.
However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.
The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.
Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.
“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.
“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”
However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.
“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”
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