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Surprise birthday celebrations for Post Office staff

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Killarney Post Office staff Anne Clifford (second from left) and Liam Hartnett were delighted when colleagues surprised them with decorations and treats for their birthdays. From left were: Mary O'Shea, Anne Clifford, Liam Hartnett, Monique O'Sullivan and Margaret O'Connor.

By Michelle Crean

Celebrating a birthday during lockdown may not be ideal - but staff in Killarney Post Office didn't let two of their colleagues down as they surprised them with some special treats on Friday last (June 5).

Anne Clifford and Liam Hartnett both had birthdays in the past week and were thrilled when they turned up to work to find the office decorated with party banners and balloons as well as delicious homemade cakes and treats baked by their colleagues.

Liam celebrated on Sunday (June 7) and Anne's birthday took place on Wednesday (June 10), and both were delighted with the kind gesture of their long-time colleagues who are also very good friends.

"We had a fabulous time," Anne told the Killarney Advertiser.

"When I came in on Friday it was a surprise to see all the decorations. They went to huge efforts. It made it very special, and it turned out to be a tremendous day."

Their colleague Christine Fleming made a homemade cake while their other colleague Mary O'Shea made Rice Krispie buns and Rockie Road.

"With the shops closed in recent times we're baking a lot of homemade treats ourselves," Anne said.
"People can't celebrate the way they used to at the moment so we said we'd celebrate through these tough times. You definitely appreciate things more now."

And she added that Killarney Post Office has been as busy as ever since the country went into lockdown, with earlier opening hours to accommodate customers in the first month and they've seen a huge increase in online shopping orders coming through their doors.

However, they are missing some of the regular customers who are still being cautious as the COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift.
"We miss our regular customers but we look forward to seeing them very soon."

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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