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By Michelle Crean

There's a wide range of local, non-clinical services to support peoples' health and well-being - and an information session will be held next week.

Known as Social Prescribing, locals can benefit from being more involved in groups, clubs and activities within their community. It's run in collaboration with Killarney Library and South Kerry Social Prescribing Service.

And next Tuesday (April 4) an information session will take place from 11am to 1pm in Killarney Library on Rock Road.

"Join us for information on a range of activities provided by voluntary and community organisations, such as arts, group learning, life-long learning, gardening, befriending, volunteering, cookery classes, sports groups and physical activity," Deirdre Nagle, Social Prescribing Link Worker at Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"Social Prescribing supports the health and well-being of people by helping them link into local supports and activities in the locality. Social Prescribing recognises that health is heavily determined by social factors such as poverty, isolation and loneliness. Social Prescribing offers GPs and other health professionals a means of referring people to a range of local, non-clinical services to support their health and well-being. Individuals can also self-refer to this service. It is a means to address peoples' needs in a holistic way while supporting the individual to take greater control of their own health."

This service is for adults over the age of 18 years, who feel they could benefit from being more involved in groups, clubs and activities within their community, she added.

"It is for those who are open to change within their everyday lives.”

For more information contact Deirdre on 087 429 3407 or Paula 087 447 5447.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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