A GROUP of intrepid cyclists and trade union members got on their bikes recently to generate cash for SouthWest Counselling Centre in Killarney.
Every second year the Impact trade union holds a national conference, and an idea to cycle to raise funds from Dublin to the conference venue was hatched over 10 years ago by Dessie Robinson, assistant general secretary, Impact, and Eamonn Donnelly, national secretary, Impact.
In 2016 the conference was held in Killarney and these cyclists were joined by fellow trade union members and raised a substantial amount for four charities of which SouthWest Counselling Centre was one.
In the presentation of the cheque,for €8,000, Kevin O’Malley, Impact honorary treasurer and Kerry branch chairman, was filled with praise for the work that SouthWest Counselling Centre has done over 22 years, citing that often it goes unacknowledged after a client has been helped. The Kerry branch donated an additional amount as a token of their appreciation.
“The board of management, the staff and the clients of SWCC are very grateful to the Impact trade union, which showed another side to the union, which is very thoughtful and supportive of charities, having raised over €100,000 in the five years these cyclists have raised funds whilst clearly having fun!” said Lindsay Fredman, CEO, SouthWest Counselling Centre.
The cash will facilitate the continued provision of our affordable professional counselling which is unique in Kerry in that we offer counselling across the lifespan all under one service, she added. “The funds raised will ensure that provision of services to the most vulnerable in our community will allow us to continue to provide a lifeline for many people who are overwhelmed with despair, and through the process of counselling are able to find hope,” said Lindsay.
“SouthWest Counselling Centre will also use the funds raised to promote mental health wellbeing through workshops and materials focusing on healthy relationships, communication and ways to manage stress with youth, parents and older adults. By selecting us as a deserving charity it has elevated the visibility of the centre as well as counselling and mental health wellbeing, for which we are immensely grateful to the Impact trade union.”
Above: At a cheque presentation of €8,000 euro to Kerry LifeLine at SouthWest Counselling Centre following the Impact charity cycle from Dublin to Killarney were front from left, Dessie Robinson, assistant general secretary, Impact, Kevin O’Malley, Impact honorary treasurer, and Kerry Branch chairman, Lindsay Fredman, CEO, SouthWest Counselling Centre, and Eamonn Donnelly, national secretary Impact. Back from left are Ciara Irwin Foley, Denis Murphy, Nikki Wissell, Tim O’Leary and
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By Michelle Crean Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]
By Michelle Crean
Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.
Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.
Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.
“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.
“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”
Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.
“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”
Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.
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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene
By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]
By Sean Moriarty
A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.
Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.
The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.
The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.
The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.
“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.
“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”
Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.
The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.
“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”
Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.
For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.
“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”
Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.
Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.
“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”
Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.
“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”
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