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Volunteers urgently needed at St Mary of the Angels

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By Sean Moriarty

St Mary of the Angels is in urgent need of general operatives, kitchen staff and cleaning volunteers to help maintain its crucial service during the current crisis.

The Beaufort facility, which is operated by the St John of God charity, is home to 76 residents with physical and intellectual disabilities. It also provides a day service to 40 people with disabilities.

Tasks include helping with dressing, feeding, going for walks and generally entertaining the service users who live there and have had their lives and routines disrupted because of COVID-19.

Other roles include assistance with general kitchen and catering duties such as washing up and for the cleaning of bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas within the residential services.

Volunteer placements are being managed by the Kerry Volunteer Centre in Tralee.

“Kerry Volunteer Centre is providing essential services such as the recruitment of COVID-19 support volunteers to fight the spread of Coronavirus," Siobhan Johnston, Volunteering Development Officer, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Volunteers can perform a number of vital functions for services both directly and indirectly, and their dedication and commitment is always most appreciated.

“Currently, St John of God Services has a residential programme that supports children and adults with intellectual disabilities. They are urgently seeking volunteers in the Killarney area to sustain their services. Volunteers with experience of intellectual disability in any capacity are needed to provide support.”

All volunteer opportunities follow COVID-19 HSE guidelines on social distancing and hand hygiene rules. To volunteer, contact Kerry Volunteer Centre at (066) 7117966 or email siobhan@volunteerkerry.ie for further information.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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