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The 54321 Challenge is all set for Year Number 6

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The 54321 Challenge is about multiple Teams of 5 People over 4 DAYS, 3 CYCLES, 2 MOUNTAINS for 1 Cause which is to raise much needed funds for a number of local charities.

The Challenge will take place from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th of September 2018 inclusive and will include the following.

Day 1 (Thursday 6th)  - Cycle the Ring of Kerry.

Day 2 (Friday 7th) - Climb Carrantuohill.

Day 3 (Saturday 8th) - Cycle from Killarney to the foot of Mount Brandon and then climb Mt Brandon

Day 4 (Sunday 9th) - Cycle from Dingle to Killarney.

The Challenge is now entering its Sixth year and has raised €95,000 to date, in the first two years it was undertaken by one team of five people and the third year saw three teams take to the roads and mountains and last two years saw 5 teams of 5 people take part in this epic challenge to raise much needed money to support three Kerry Charities which are the Skellig Stars (Group of children and adult athletes with special needs), Sera Husky (Animal Rescue) and Grow (World Community Mental Health Movement in Ireland)

https://www.facebook.com/skellig.stars.7

http://www.serahuskyrescue.com/

https://grow.ie/

The organisers would be very grateful for any contribution to this worthwhile cause.

You can Donate by visiting the individual Charities Facebook pages for online donation information  by Direct Debit to Ulster Bank, Killarney. Sort code 98-58-86 Account No. 10824507, or if you know any of the participants you can contact them directly with a donation.

Please see more about the challenge and the people taking part and to donate on

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/54321challenge1

If you would like to join us for further information, please call T.J O Connor on 087 6277141 or Carole Moran on 087 9471336.

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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