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New Housing Manager appointed for Kerry Mental Health Association

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Kerry Mental Health Association (KMHA) has appointed a new Housing/Property Manager who will coordinate all aspects its housing programme, including tenancies, maintenance, and fire safety.

As well as being a registered charity, KMHA is an Approved Housing Body with nine residences in Killarney, Tralee, Listowel, Cahersiveen, Rathmore and Killorglin, providing 55 housing units for people living with mental ill-health.

Siobhán Walsh has 21 years’ experience in senior administrative management in community and voluntary services which will be hugely beneficial to her work as Housing/Property Manager with Kerry Mental Health Association.

“First and foremost in my work ethos is the person," Siobhán, a Listowel-native residing in Ballybunion, said.

"My holistic approach sees their tenancy as person-centred with a right to independent choice and a voice to navigate their path into housing effectively, resulting in securing a place their own home. Security of a roof over your head provides a great space for good mental health and aids recovery. I am delighted to have joined Kerry Mental Health Association. In my role as Housing Manager, I will operate an open-door policy. I’m here to chat, to help, to liaise, and to make the tenancy pathway a vibrant, sustainable and enjoyable one.”

Siobhán Walsh’s appointment followed the retirement last year of Dan O’Connor who had been with KMHA for over two decades, firstly as Development Manager and then as Housing Manager.

The Chairman of Kerry Mental Health Association, Pat O’Brien, said “the growth of our nine branches coincided with the employment of Dan O’Connor".

"He has spearheaded the purchase of houses, while in many areas our branch volunteers maintain contact with residents offering a range of befriending services. On behalf of my colleagues on the Board, I wish Dan a long and healthy retirement and thank him for more than 20 years of dedication to the organisation. Looking forward, we extend a warm welcome to Siobhán Walsh who has already shown a commitment to ensuring a quality living experience for our tenants.”

Kerry Mental Health Association is inviting people to join any of the nine branches where the volunteers pursue befriending and support activities to enrich the lives of neighbours and friends who are living with mental health challenges, including mental illness.

For more information about Kerry Mental Health Association or to get involved as a volunteer, please visit www.kerrymentalhealth.ie or email volunteers@kerrymentalhealth.ie.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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