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Rivals Clifford and O’Hora join forces for Kerry mental Health

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GAA stars David Clifford and Mayo’s Pádraig O’Hora maybe rivals on the football pitch but will bewill be on the same team for a special event in aid of Kerry Mental Health.

The Kerry Mental Health Association’s TieDayFriday Fundraising Business Breakfast takes place in The Great Southern Killarney on October 6.

The Kerry captain and his on-field marker from Mayo will be part of an expert panel discussion on the importance of staying connected in our communities and how to look after our mental wellbeing.

Pádraig O’Hora is a youth justice worker with Youth Work Ireland and community liaison officer with Mayo Mental Health Association.

Key insights will be provided by two members of the Kerry Mental Health Association Board, Dr. Caitriona Kelly, Lecturer Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences at MTU Kerry and Samantha Keane who works as an engineer.

“Our vision is to ensure that society is better informed about how to take care of its mental health. This fundraising business breakfast will help us provide the educational infrastructure necessary to achieve that goal,” said The General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey.

“We want to open a conversation to remind us all how important being part of a community is. We believe this can have a positive impact on mental health through social connection in business, sport and wider community activities.

“Kerry Mental Health Association is proud to bring together four key roles models in David Clifford, Pádraig O’Hora, Dr. Caitríona Kelly and Samantha Keane and we are grateful to them for giving their time to take part in the event.

Local Killarney businesses Brian James Menswear Killarney and Grandview Media are supporters of the event.

“The interactive panel discussion will flow between sport, business, and volunteering as participants explore how important it is to stay connected in our communities at all life stages to look after our mental wellness,” added Mr Drummey.

Everyone is encouraged to wear a tie on October 6 – the more colourful and outrageous the better – and those who can’t attend the breakfast can make an online donation at www.KerryMentalHealth.ie/donate.

Individual Tickets for the Kerry Mental Health Association Business Breakfast are only €50 (plus booking fees) from www.KerryMentalHealth.ie/business-breakfast.

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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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