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Zoom back to the workplace with webinar advice

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Kerry Mental Health Association and Tralee Chamber Alliance are to host a Back to Work Webinar this week to help address the worry and anxiety that may be experienced by employers and employees in Kerry who are returning to work after the pandemic.

The free Zoom event, at 10am tomorrow (Wednesday), will offer useful expert advice from Clinical Psychologist Dr Clare Kambamettu and Human Resources Consultant at HRBuddy.ie, Damien McCarthy.

“We’ve reached a positive milestone on this long journey through the COVID-19 pandemic," General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, said. "More people are being vaccinated, restrictions are being lifted and the economy is reopening. It’s important, however, to consider the anxiety and worry that this phase of the 'Living with Covid Plan' might cause some employers and employees to feel at this time. They may well want to return to work, but doing so may feel daunting and present a challenge to their mental well-being. We hope this webinar will help them to cope as we move forward.”

Dr Clare Kambamettu will focus on the psychological impact for employees and employers who will be going back into the workplace after a prolonged period working from home or not working at all.
Customers and clients are also reemerging from the lockdown and many will share the same anxieties.
Killarney based Damien McCarthy, founder and CEO of HRBuddy.ie, will share advice that may ease workplace COVID-related concerns about vaccines, annual leave and the potential desire for some to continue working from home.

This is a time of transition and Tralee Chamber Alliance and the entire network of Chambers in Kerry want to play their part in ensuring the transition is sensitive to the mental health needs of the returning workforce.

The webinar, www.eventbrite.ie/e/back-to-work-tickets-154395325575, will include a Q&A session, however should you wish to submit a confidential question in advance, which will be answered anonymously by the panel, please email: john@kerrymentalhealth.ie.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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