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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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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project

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Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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