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‘We want to make a positive impact in memory of Stephen’

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Lotte Lyne who has set up the Stephen Lyne Foundation.

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THE mother of a Killarney teenager who was fatally stabbed has set up a foundation in his memory. As Lotte Lyne unveiled details of the Stephen Lyne Foundation today, she said she believes it is something of which Stephen would have been proud.

Lotte hopes that the foundation, which involves a new school programme, will significantly reduce bullying and anti-social behaviour in young people.

Tragically, Stephen was killed, close to his family home, seven years ago. “The story of the Stephen Lyne Foundation begins in June 2009 with a phone call no parent ever wants to receive,” said Lotte. “It is an unimaginable heartbreak I would wish for no one.”

Now, the Stephen Lyne Foundation aims to raise €20,000 to introduce a programme into three Killarney primary schools this September. “Rather than focus on the loss of Stephen, I choose to concentrate on what I can do to prevent another family from going through what we have had to go through and are still going through,” said Lotte.

“The Roots of Empathy programme teaches children empathy and aims to reduce violence and bullying,” Lotte told the Killarney Advertiser.
“Children are taught empathy by observing a baby, who is brought into the classroom at various stages. To honour Stephen’s memory, we want to make a direct, positive impact on children in Kerry.”

The Roots of Empathy programme is delivered by children’s charity Barnardos. “My goal is to raise €20,000 by this September 2016,” said Lotte.
“My ultimate goal is to save a child’s life and make our community a safer place for our young people, to honour my son.”

You can support the foundation at a coffee morning on Wednesday, July 6, from 10am to 12pm in The Brehon Hotel. Tickets are €10 and will be available from Monday at the reception of The Brehon and in O’Donoghue’s Pharmacy, Main Street, or contact Lotte on 086-3527606. You can also support the foundation at https://www.gofundme.com/2afetgs or http://www.stephenlynefoundation.org
 


 
Lotte Lyne has set up the Stephen Lyne Foundation.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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