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Skaters “thrilled” as construction firm appointed to build skatepark

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By Sean Moriarty

A Spanish construction firm has this week been appointed to build the town's newest €235,000 amenity - and it's left skateboard lovers very happy.

Last week, Kerry County Council revealed Brown Brothers from Cork in partnership with Spanish company, Vulcano, have been awarded the contract to build the Killarney skatepark project.

Construction is expected to commence in the spring with the new facility ready for operation at a site adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre by early summer.

Members of the Killarney Skatepark Committee are currently on a tour of Southern France.

They are there to honour Tralee man Bruce ‘Ox’ Kelliher who died suddenly last January. Bruce was one of Ireland’s most prolific skateboarders and the newly opened Skate Park in Tralee was named in his honour.

He regularly organised trips to France and his sporting colleagues organised this trip as a homage to the man who did so much for the sport in Ireland.

The sport is very popular in France and large cities boast several skateparks.

This week the group took park in skateboard sessions at the Skatepark de Fontainieu in Marseille, which was designed and built by the same Spanish construction firm that has been appointed to the Killarney project.

“We are excited that the tender was awarded to a skater-owned and skater-run company, this means that the end result is going to be top tier for the park's users,” Sean Murphy of the Killarney Skatepark Committee told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Bruce used to come here a lot and he mentioned he wanted a group trip this year so this trip is a homage to him. Skateparks are everywhere in every city in France. It has been a long jaded process but finally Killarney will be able to get its skates on. We are thrilled it's going ahead, and that it is being built by the same company that built a park we visited this week in Marseille.”

Sean also thanked Cllr Donal Grady who has been pushing the project for years at Council level.

The Cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Niall Kelleher welcomed the announcement.

“This is a facility which the Killarney Skatepark Committee and local councillors have been pursuing for many years. It will offer a very high quality facility for skaters of all ages.

“I want to pay tribute to the Skateboard Committee for their perseverance and to thank them for working so closely with Kerry County Council to make this progress. I look forward to the development of the skatepark over the coming months," he said.

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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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