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Tie Day Friday is back and looking for your support

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It's that time once again to get your craziest most outrageous tie and wear it on April 8 with funds going to a local service. 

The next step is to post a picture or video of themselves online and make a donation to Kerry Mental Health Association CLG via idonate.ie.

The funds this year will go towards the cost of training instructors to facilitate the delivery of free community-based Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) classes in Kerry.

“Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to someone who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or a mental health crisis," General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, said.

"The First Aid is given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crisis resolves. Through our ongoing engagement with business and community groups in Kerry, it is apparent that many people are not well informed about how to recognise mental health problems, how to respond to the person, and what supports are available.”

The generosity of Kerry people during the first #TieDayFriday last year was overwhelming with approximately €17,000 raised to support the befriending and other mental health promotional activities undertaken by Kerry Mental Health Association.

A similar level of support this year would fund the provision of four Mental Health First Aid trainers and eight Mental Health First Aid classes for up to a total of 160 participants - 20 per class.

Anyone who wishes to get involved or organise an event to support the project can contact John on 087 7909487 or email john@kerrymentalhealth.ie.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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