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Tactical thoughts raise €750 for Pieta

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MARIE MEETSThis week I caught up with Max Coyne, a 15 year old Transition Year student at St Brendan’s College Killarney who recently completed a full marathon of 26.2 miles wearing a 10kg Tactical Vest to raise funds to the tune of €750 for Nathan's Walk, Darkness into Light, which he was so disappointed to have missed out on in May due to other commitments.

Max, a member of Muckross Rowing club, integrated the distance into his training runs, over a 6 day period, running an average of 4.5 miles each day in addition to his normal water and gym sessions. Max walks the Darkness into Light each year in remembrance of Nathan O’Carroll.“This year, I wanted to do something that would draw attention to the struggles some of our family and friends carry through each day, but that are not visible to the rest of society,” Max said.“Running with an extra 10kg on my body really gave me a sense of how a person could feel the weight of their thoughts or their troubles, and how that could get the better of you."“Lots of times I think people are afraid to say they are suffering, and sometimes I think that trying to explain to your friends how you feel can be as hard as actually living with the burden of mental health challenges."That’s why it seemed to be a good idea to try to represent anxiety which is invisible, with a real weight like the 10kg vest. It is something that others can see and identify as a big thing you are carrying, and that they might be able to help with, by offering to share your load, and carry some of your burden."When my friends saw me doing the runs, a couple of them joined me for some of my runs, some put on a vest too and ran with me, and some of my friends felt they couldn’t run with the extra weight, but they ran beside me to keep me company and that felt just as good.”“As well as highlighting a really good cause, it was brilliant to be able to raise €750 to give to Pieta House and that shows how much people really do care about helping others struggling with mental health issues.” I was inspired by Brian Foley of Activate gym who completed the 'Marathon des Sables' for Pieta House this year, and who loaned me the Tactical Vest for the week of training."

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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