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Popular ‘Swim for a Mile’ programme is back

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Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership (KRSP) in collaboration with Swim Ireland, Healthy Ireland, and three public swimming pools in Kerry, are offering a unique coaching programme for adults.
The 12 week ‘Swim for a Mile’ programme commences the week beginning February 4. The aim is to swim a mile and participate in a fun and social themed ‘Swim for a Mile’ challenge at the end of April.

Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre, Tralee Regional Sports Complex and Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre, are facilitating a 12-week coached training programme for interested participants.

Participants will need to sign up to the event by week five to continue with the coaching programme. In Kerry, there will be three locations facilitating the ‘Swim for a Mile’ challenge event – Killarney on April 26, Ballybunion on April 27, and in Tralee on April 28.
“Our programme is open to all abilities especially newcomers to swimming,” Martina Lawless, Programme Facilitator, said.
“The one requirement is to be able to swim two consecutive pool lengths. All pools are offering morning, evening and weekend sessions to tie in with busy lifestyles.”

And if you’re unsure if you can swim a mile, this year they have introduced taster sessions where the poolside coaches can offer guidance and advice. For Killarney sessions, call the centre on 064 6636555 and book a time that suits you.
“Kerry offers the unique opportunity of coached training with the support of qualified coaches and fellow swimmers as opposed to downloading the training programme from the ‘Swim for a Mile’ website and doing it on your own.
“A past participant said she went from struggling for every length to being comfortable and confident. The encouragement from the instructors was invaluable and there was great comradery within the training group.”

In order to take part, all participants will need to register for both the 12 week coaching programme on www.kerryrecreationandsports.ie and also register for the event on www.swimforamile.com/signup. The cost is €50/€40 for the coaching programme and €30 for the event.

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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