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SOCIAL JUSTICE: Young Social Innovators from Killarney Community College pictured with garda Joe O'Sullivan as part of their YSI project.

By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

Two student groups from one local school are taking issues to a whole new level by creating campaigns with local gardai.

The youngsters from Killarney Community College, who are part of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) highlighting social issues were to travel to a Speak Out in Cork City Hall, on Thursday, March 26. However, due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 this date will have to be postponed.

The two Transition Year groups partnered with An Garda Síochána throughout the year to collect their knowledge to ensure the best way to raise awareness about their two social concerns, explained teacher Lorraine Crowley.

“The first group created was ‘Cyclists Matter’,” she said.
“Their goal is to raise awareness on cycling safety and make sure everyone is safe to cycle on our roads. They are planning a Day of Action in April/May with An Garda Síochána Road Policing Unit to ensure all students are cycling safely to school, check the students’ bicycles are safe, and to ensure they have lights and locks, etc., and give out high vis vests and information leaflets from the RSA.” The group have created videos to show people how to illustrate the importance of wearing cycling safety gear and are prominent on Instagram promoting the @cyclists.matter.

The second group created was ‘Don’t Abuse to Amuse’, she added.

“Oour goal is to raise awareness about the misuse of drugs and the effects they can have on a person. We are working with An Garda Síochána and KDYS to gather information and educate ourselves and others on the effects of different types of drugs and we are learning some very scary and shocking statistics.”
The students have created a video to show people how drugs can effect family and school life. You can follow this initiative @dont_abuse_to_amuse on Instagram.

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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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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 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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