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Presidential salute for Kerry author Brendan Kennelly

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ACCLAIMED Kerry author Brendan Kennelly has won the inaugural Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award. Professor Brendan Kennelly was presented with the accolade by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins at a reception in the Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green at 5pm this evening.

President Higgins presented a bespoke piece of Dingle Crystal to Brendan and in his address, President Higgins paid tribute to his close personal friend and fellow poet. The President spoke of Brendan’s “immense” influence on Irish arts and society.

The Kerry Association in Dublin was established in 1951 and aims to develop the great sporting, literary and cultural heritage of Kerry. 2017 is the inaugural year of the Association’s Arts Award which was sponsored by Kerry Group plc and it is intended to be an annual reward, to recognise a Kerry individual’s excellence in the Arts. Professor Kennelly was chosen by the selection committee to be the first recipient of the award for his outstanding achievements in Literature. Jimmy Deenihan, former TD and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, chaired the selection committee.

Brendan’s life-long love affair with words and the English language has made him a renowned poet and writer. Being raised in Ballylongford and educated in North Kerry gave him a natural affiliation with its people, the landscape, its love of football and the living culture, especially the spoken and written word. The living culture of Kerry contains a strong oral tradition. The tradition of storytelling, the fascination with language, and the belief in the importance of education were formative influences in the development of the future poet and teacher.

Brendan was as passionate about teaching English as he is about creating poetry. As a teacher he inspired thousands of his students at Trinity College. He loved teaching, meeting people and challenging them to explore and enjoy the English language. It’s this interest in helping others to participate in the art and joy of creative writing that sets him apart from many of his peers. Brendan has always emphasised that the Arts are for everyone and not the preserve of the few.

Brendan really enjoyed teaching in Mountjoy Prison and is fondly remembered by those he taught. Never in anyway elitist, he wants everyone to have the opportunity to participate in the process and enjoyment of creative expression. Not surprisingly, he is appropriately referred to as the people’s Poet. As he himself said: “It is the same to me if I am lecturing in Harvard or Oxford or any place in the world or giving a talk to youngsters. I do the same with all of them, I do my best.”

As well as being a willing mentor Brendan has had a remarkable work ethic and a rigorous dedication to his writing. During his many years as an English lecturer he wrote early mornings and late evenings, producing a formidable body of work. It is a great honour for Brendan that 12 of his poems will feature on the Leaving Cert. curriculum for 2019 and 2022. This will introduce his work to a new generation of readers.

Family, friends and football are also key elements in his world and many family members as well as friends and former colleagues from Trinity College were in attendance at the reception in the Shelbourne Hotel.

Brendan is now back in North Kerry. As he said of his birthplace: “I praise this place and am happy to be part of it forever.” He believes in always being ready to begin again, to embrace what is new and whatever may be ahead for him. Surrounded by family and friends, he is experiencing a new lease of life evident at a number of public appearances recently including a special tribute to him at the Abbey Theatre, a civic reception by Kerry County Council and an interview with Miriam O’Callaghan for RTE.

Brendan has often been heard reciting Raifteiri an File’s poem, “Anois Teacht An Earraigh”. The following verse from this celebrated poem could well apply to Brendan’s rejuvenation since he returned to North Kerry: “Is dá mbeinnse i mo sheasamh i gceartlár mo dhaoine, d’imeódh an aois díom, is bheinn arís óg.”
Brendan’s translation is as follows: “And were I to be standing in the centre of my people, age would depart from me and I would be young again.”
 


 
Above: Brendan Kennelly and his niece Kate Kennelly pictured in Brendan’s old bedroom where he grew up in Ballylongford as a child. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

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  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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