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JANUARY is a month infused with magic and loaded with new possibilities, according to the organiser of the Kerry walks staged as part of national Operation Transformation walk day this Saturday, January 7.

Participants will be gathering for the Killarney walk, organised by the Park Run team, at the Muckross Traditional Farms, for a briefing at 9.20am and the 5k walk or run will commence at 9.30am.

“January is a special time of year, which is infused with magic, loaded with new possibilities and ripe with potential pathways to explore and engage in healthier lifestyle options,” said Córa Carrig, co-ordinator, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership.

“It’s all about creating a gap in one’s schedule to make physical activity happen and be a part of our lives. Saturday’s walk provides an excellent opportunity for everyone to get 2017 off to an active start.”

This is the seventh year of this national event where thousands of people throughout the country, including in Kerry, put on their walking shoes and take to the pathways of Ireland.

As Operation Transformation has linked with Sports Ireland (formally known as Irish Sports Council), the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership is responsible for organising and co-ordinating the walks in Kerry.

“This year, we are very fortunate to be in a position to expand the number of walks countywide to three locations – Listowel, Killarney and Tralee,” said Córa.

“The increased number of walks is made possible by building on the wonderful work and existing efforts of the fabulous volunteers at the local park-runs in Killarney and Tralee. For Listowel we are engaging with the Community Centre to co-ordinate the walk there.

Registration is essential for all events, stressed Córa. “So if you are not already registered with park-run, you can register for free at www.parkrun.ie/register for the Killarney and Tralee walks,” she added. “And don’t forget to bring your barcodes. For anyone participating in Listowel we ask that you pre-register for free at www.ot-listowel.eventbrite.ie.”

All three events take place on January 7 at 9.30am to coincide with an RTÉ radio broadcast. People of all ages, fitness levels and abilities are invited to come along on the day.
 


 
Above: Some 3000 participants gathered for the Operation Transformation walk led by Paudie O'Mahoney in Killarney in 2014.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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