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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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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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