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National award for caring Killarney students

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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.”

 

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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