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Schools programme will be Stephen’s legacy

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LOSS: Lotte Lyne says she will never come to terms with the murder of her teenage son Stephen (17), as his 10 year anniversary approaches. Photo: Michelle Crean

Local mother fundraising to continue positive school programme

By Michelle Crean

One local mother, whose son was murdered in Killarney 10 years ago, is hoping a school programme to prevent violence in young people will go nationwide.

Lotte Lyne says she will never come to terms with the brutal murder of her teenage son Stephen (17) who was stabbed in 2009, and says it’s vital to teach empathy to young children to prevent similar violent acts in future.

As it comes to the 10thanniversary of his death on June 18, Lotte says she’s still devastated by his death, but choses to channel her emotions into something positive.

Not only did she set up the ‘Stephen Lyne Foundation’ but three years ago introduced the ‘Roots of Empathy’ programme to Killarney schools in a bid to stamp out violence amongst young people. It helps decrease aggression and increases social and emotional understanding.

So far, the programme which is running in four Killarney primary schools is working, and she now plans to introduce a similar programme into local secondary schools this coming September.

However, in order to keep the programme running she holds regular fundraisers – the next one, ‘Jump for Stephen’, a skydive on Saturday, June 15 takes place in Co Offaly.

She says she chooses to believe in the goodness of humanity and will dedicate her life to creating a safer world for the next generation.

“Stephen never got a chance to live his life or reach his full potential,” Lotte, speaking exclusively to the Killarney Advertiser this week, said.

“The sorrow and grief we as a family live every day will never go away, but I am determined not to let it destroy us or break us. Change starts in your own community.” She said that she felt “compelled” to set up the schools programme to reach out to young people before they get caught up in a situation they may someday regret.

“I do it because somebody has to. I’m doing it because I can and I must. I feel compelled to do it. It’s about creating a better and safer community for our children.”

She explained that the programme, which is running in St Oliver’s, Gaelscoil Faithleann, the Mercy and the Monastery, was developed 20 years ago in Canada with Barnardo’s as the lead agency in Ireland.

“You have got to change the heart behind the knife, the gun, the suicide vest,” she said.

“If we could do something in our own community that would have an impact. This is a year-long programme and can be implemented into any school class.”

Lotte remembers Stephen as a wonderful young man who would do anything for his friends.

“Stephen had a great sense of humour. He was great at sport, especially soccer, and was a very loyal, great friend. He was there for people.”

One hundred percent of the funds raised from fundraisers go to the programme, she added.

“What we are doing is more relative than ever. It’s not for Stephen – it’s for all the young people. We have to do something or it’ll get worse, little by little there’ll be change. This will be Stephen’s legacy.”
For more information visit www.stephenlynefoundation.org or see Facebook page: Stephen Lyne Foundation

 

 

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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