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Over 400 take part in Lily’s Pink Challenge

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With over 430 individuals from all over Kerry and beyond taking on Lily’s Pink Challenge last Saturday in Killarney Race Course it was a reflection of individuals, communities and community groups getting behind the Lily Daly Foundation and Daly Family from Ballyhar, Firies.

Mike Ger and Donal Daly at Lily’s Pink Challenge

Some of the 400 participants at Lily’s Pink Challenge

Volunteers at Lily’s Pink Challenge at Killarney Racecourse on Saturday

Lily’s Pink Challenge involved a 60 km cycle through the Gap of Dunloe, and/or a 10 km run/walk around Ross Castle and Killarney National Park.

A worthy cause with all proceeds going towards the Heart Centre in Crumlin Hospital and the Ronald McDonald house in Dublin.

Individuals that could not attend in person in Killarney on Saturday, completed Lily’s Pink Challenge last Saturday in Boston, Geelong Australia, Dubai, London, Chicago and Portgual.

Speaking after the event, Caroline Daly (Lily’s mom and managing director of the Lily Daly Foundation) said: “We were truly blown away by the support leading up to the event, the ground swell of support from individuals and communities from all over Kerry, Cork and beyond partaking on Saturday.

"Words can’t describe what it meant to us. Also, the level of donations have been phenomenal from all across Ireland but also all across the word, from across Europe, Dubai, America and even as far as Australia. Also, with over 50 volunteers helping out on the day, they also deserve special mention, we could not have done this without their help, support and generosity and I want to say a special thanks to all of them. Finally, we would also like to thank DJ Pat Dilworth, our MC Niall O Callaghan, Killarney Race Course and Secret Balloons ."

The Lily Daly Foundation’s primary mission and purpose is to support children and their parents when in hospital with heart related issues. Lily Daly was born in June, 2019 and suffered from Pulmonary Vein Stenosis, a very rear condition affecting the heart and surrounding arteries. Unfortunately, after frequent visits to Crumlin, major heart surgery in both Crumlin and the Presbyterian Hospital in New York, Lily passed away on in February 2021.

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Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]

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The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]

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Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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