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Public asked to arrive early for Banna Commemoration

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MEMBERS of the public attending Thursday’s State Commemoration at Banna Strand are being asked to arrive early and use free shuttle buses where possible. The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will attend a State Commemoration at Banna Strand at noon on Thursday to mark the arrival there 100 years ago of Sir Roger Casement and his companions, Robert Monteith and Daniel Bailey.

People driving to the event are being asked to arrive by 10.30am at the latest and to park in the designated parking areas. However as parking is limited at the site, members of the public attending are being encouraged to use free buses which will be operating from the beach car park in Ballyheigue and from three locations in Tralee – the Rose Hotel Car Park, the Brandon Hotel Car Park and Garvey’s SuperValu Car Park. Buses will depart from 10am.

The ceremony at Banna will be attended by relatives of Roger Casement and Robert Monteith as well as the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, the German Ambassador, Matthias Hopfner and the British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott. Part of Casement’s speech from the dock will be re-enacted by actor, Declan McCarthy and there will be performances by Siamsa Tíre and Mike Hanrahan and Breandán Ó Beaglaíoch, who will sing “Lonely Banna Strand”.

President Higgins will deliver a keynote address and will lay a wreath at the anchor of the Aud, which will be present at the ceremony. The national flag will be raised and the Proclamation will be read. There will also be a fly-over by the Air Corps.

After the event at Banna, the President will unveil a bust of Roger Casement in Ardfert village at 3pm and visit Ardfert Cathedral before visiting the Casement exhibition at the County Museum at 4pm. The visit to the museum is not open to the public due to space restrictions. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, at 8am, a ceremony will be held at Ballykissane Pier to commemorate Daniel Sheehan, Con Keating and Charles Monaghan who drowned on Good Friday in 1916.

“This is Kerry’s time to shine within the national programme of centenary events, and we encourage everyone to join with us in these special commemorations,” said Kate Kennelly, co-ordinator of events in Kerry. “This is a once-in-a-century event and not to be missed. The Kerry story is central to the story of the Rising and we hope that these celebrations and commemorations will reflect that.”

Traffic and transport arrangements:

There are no further tickets available for Ballykissane. Guests and members of the public attending are asked to use free shuttle buses which are being provided from Library Place (at the bus stop outside the Killorglin Area Services Centre) in Killorglin from 7am.

At Banna, members of the public travelling by private car are being asked to have arrived and be seated by 10.30am. Parking is being provided close to the site of the ceremony and will be stewarded. However, those attending are being asked as much as possible to use free buses as follows. They will depart from three locations in Tralee – Rose Hotel Car Park, Garvey’s SuperValu Car Park, and the Brandon Hotel Car Park, from 10am; and from Ballyheigue (beach car park) from 10.15am. Information is available from 066-7183541.

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Replacement carrier could be in place by the end of July

By Michelle Crean   Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday). The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect.  The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming […]

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By Michelle Crean 
 

Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday).

The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect. 

The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming days, in accordance with applicable EU rules on air service Public Service Obligations (PSOs), and taking account of legal advice. It is anticipated that the emergency procurement process will be completed by early July, with a view to services being restarted by the new operator(s) as soon as possible thereafter. The contract will be subject to a maximum term of seven months and will operate in accordance with EU law.

PROCUREMENT PROCESS

In tandem, the Department will launch a procurement process for a maximum of four years for the continued provision of the services, which will apply after the temporary contract has expired. This will mitigate against any disruption to these services once the emergency contract expires.

The Department recognises the importance of restoring regional connectivity to these airports in advance of the reopening of international travel on July 19 and continues to engage closely with aviation stakeholders in this regard.

Education Minister and Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, Norma Foley, has welcomed today’s Cabinet commitment to make the Kerry Dublin PSO route a priority.

“The restoration of our regional connectivity is of critical importance to the people of Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to me his intentions to seek an expedited tendering process which aims to have a replacement carrier in place by mid-end of July.

“I am confident Government will continue to engage as a priority with relevant stakeholders until a suitable resolution is reached for the benefit of Kerry and the south-west region.”

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Free career webinar for parents of Leaving Cert students

  A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices. Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm. This webinar will highlight and explain the […]

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A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm.

This webinar will highlight and explain the important things that parents need to know to help their son/daughter use the CAO Change of Mind facility correctly ahead of the final deadline on July 1 at 5.15pm and to explore the many career options open to them after Leaving Cert.

“This is a very stressful time for Leaving Cert students and parents, and the main focus right now is on getting through the exams after a challenging two years,” Niamh said. “The final deadline for CAO is approaching and it is essential that students have finalised their course choices – knowing what to do is critical, that’s where I can help!

“In this one hour webinar I am going to walk through the steps of how the CAO Change of Mind facility works, what happens at the CAO Offer stage, what students need to do to make sure that they have the best chance to secure a college place in autumn 2021, and the common mistakes to avoid when using the CAO Change of Mind. I will also highlight the many other options that are available outside of CAO.”
 

This training is for parents of Leaving Cert students who:

Are confused and want to learn about how the CAO system works.

Are worried that their son/daughter will make a mistake with filling up the CAO Change of Mind facility.

Want to reduce the stress their son/daughter is feeling right now and support them in making this very important career decision.

Are worried that their son/daughter may not get the course they want.

Want to know about career options outside of CAO.

To join the webinar go to: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5316227987750/WN_t7NhIRaFSc-GU6ycjdAyRA

For further details or clarification contact Niamh Dwyer on 087 9801105 or info@mycareerplan.ie.

Check updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @mycareerplan1, or go to www.mycareerplan.ie.

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Darren completes epic run for Crumlin

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By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

A senior player and coach with Killarney Athletic has completed an epic challenge for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Darren O’Sullivan ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours over the long weekend to raise the funds.

He completed his final run from Port Road and made his way onto Countess Road and Rookery Road before finishing by Woodlawn Road. Darren started his run on Saturday at 4pm and completed his run on Monday at 4pm – and has raised a total of €953.

Darren said that he was raising money for the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin as it is close to his heart because he has seen them help so many children and their families.

Darren had been training for three weeks to be able to complete the run.

“Getting up in the morning and starting the run was the hardest part,” he said.

“I would like to thank Killarney Athletic for supporting me. Thank you to those who donated and I was also thinking of doing something similar next year, I’d love to do it again.”

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