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Stories of hope and recovery go on tour at Tralee Bus Station

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Kerry bus passengers are being reminded to mind their mental health through a new photo exhibition which will feature stories of hope and recovery.

Grow Mental Health will feature the stories at Tralee Bus Station for two weeks starting from today (Monday). The display started in October last year in Busáras, Dublin and moved to Waterford, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Letterkenny, Sligo, Drogheda and Dundalk Bus Station.

This partnership initiative is to promote positive mental health and raise vital funds for Grow Mental Health, the non-profit group. Expressway is also supporting the Yellow Walk on Sunday April 17 by asking the public to wear yellow and get out walking for just 30 minutes, to raise vital funds for mental health supports. You can walk wherever it is you wish and if you are not available on Easter Sunday, you can walk on any day that is suitable for you.

As one of Ireland’s longest standing mental health charities, empowering and supporting over 1,000 people weekly, Grow Mental Health, which was set up in 1969, has recorded a 400% year on year increase in demand for services since the pandemic began. Delivering a national network of peer support groups to local communities through a tailored 12-step programme of recovery and growth, the group is delighted with the launch of this exhibition, documenting its members’ stories.

Proudly supported by Expressway, the initiative will be promoted right across the bus stations and through Expressway social media channels over the coming weeks, with the public asked to read the stories of recovery and hope and to donate to Grow Mental Health – these donations will help people who are struggling with their mental health.

“This campaign highlights the real stories of our Grow members who have struggled and overcome mental health challenges," Michele Kerrigan, Chief Executive, Grow Mental Health, said.

"Our aim is to inspire others who are struggling to reach out and access our free, non-judgemental peer-support groups either in their local community or online. Now, more than ever, we need to finally do away with the stigma around talking about and getting support for our own mental health challenges. The support of Expressway is invaluable in amplifying our message of hope and recovery."

Aled Williams, Bus Éireann, Senior Regional Operations Manager, South, they "are extremely proud" to partner up with Grow Mental Health.

"We would encourage all of our customers in Kerry to take a minute and read these stories of recovery and hope in our bus station over the coming weeks. We hope this partnership initiative promotes positive mental health and raises vital funds for Grow Mental Health."

For further information about the partnership or the services provided by Grow Mental Health visit www.grow.ie.

The Grow Mental Health Infoline is 0818 474 474.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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