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

THE mother of a Killarney teenager who was fatally stabbed has set up a foundation in his memory.

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Lotte Lyne who has set up the Stephen Lyne Foundation.

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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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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