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HEALTH CHECK: Killarney town is undergoing a Town Centre Health Check in the coming weeks. Pictured were: Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson, Ali Harvey (Heritage Council) and Martha Farrell (Marketing Lecturer ITT), Eileen O'Donoghue (KCC) and Paul Sherry (Chamber President). Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Michelle Crean

 

Killarney town centre is to undergo a major health check as part of the National Town Centre Health Check Programme – and organisers are calling on business owners and the public to play their part in the coming weeks.

A major study of behaviour and attitudes of shoppers, business owners’ perceptions, footfall and land use is to be conducted, with the results published in early 2020.

The aim of the programme is to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of the critical role that town centres play and the wide-ranging impacts that their vitality and viability have on overall socio-economic, environmental and cultural growth and development and on quality of life for citizens and visitors alike.

A number of surveys will be conducted in the town centre as part of transdisciplinary research between the Heritage Council, Kerry County Council, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the IT Tralee, tofully understand the critical role that town centres play and the impact they have on the quality of life for citizens and visitors.

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Wednesday lunchtime, Ali Harvey, Manager of the Heritage Council’s National Planning & Regeneration Programmes, and Martha Farrell, Marketing Lecturer in the School of Business, Humanities and Computing at the Institute of Technology, Tralee made a presentation at the monthly Chamber of Commerce lunch which was held in the Great Southern Killarney.

There, both explained the importance of the health check and its benefits to Killarney town as the findings will inform strategies for the future development of the town.

From October to December students from the IT, Tralee will conduct the surveys, Martha explained.

“We will need your support on this,” she said. “I would appeal to you take the questionnaire from the students and fill it out, please support them.”

 

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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