|News Desk 6th Jan 2012|
|Written by Administrator|
|Friday, 06 January 2012 12:43|
REMEMBERING MARY KATE
The memory of a much loved and dearly missed inspirational Beaufort girl was commemorated during Christmas when a charity walk took place in Killarney. The walk on December 28th commemorated the memory of Mary Kate Healy from Beaufort who passed away in 2007 shortly after her first birthday. More than 100 people took part in the walk through the National Park followed by a Family Fun Day in the Killarney Oaks Hotel. Mary suffered from severe liver problems, Biliary Asteria, from birth and spent time in the loving and tender care of staff in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin. “At ten weeks old Mary Kate was sent to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the loving care she received we are keen to help other sick children. We also hosted a fun over 35’s match in Beaufort GAA Grounds on December 10th followed by a fun evening and auction in Galvins Bar. On December 17th we hosted a fun evening in Grady’s Bar in Glencar. We were thrilled with the support for all these events and want to thanks the public for their generosity in these difficult times, ” said Mary, Mary Kate’s mother. To date more that €24,000 has been raised in fundraising activities organised by her parents and friends. “Funding from the walk and all the other events will go towards vital research at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin.”
KILLARNEY MUSICIAN NOMINATED IN THE "TOP SOLO PERFORMER IN CONCERT" CATEGORY AT THE IRISH MUSIC ASSOCIATION'S 2011 AWARDS IN THE USA
Killarney musician Niamh Ní Charra has been nominated in the "Top Solo Performer in Concert" Category at the Irish Music Association's 2011 awards in the USA. Voting for these awards takes place online from the 1st December to 12th January, and is open to the public. Niamh hails from Park Road, Killarney, where she started playing music at the age of 4. A multiple award winner on both fiddle and concertina, she toured for 8 years as a soloist with Riverdance, performing in over 2500 shows, before returning to Ireland where she is now based.
She released her debut album "Ón Dá Thaobh / From Both Sides" in 2007 to much critical acclaim - it was the only Irish album on MOJO's Top Ten Folk Albums for 2007. She received the "Best Trad Music Act 2008" award from UK publication The Irish World, and "Best Fiddle/Violin 2008" by the American based Irish Music Association. Late last year she released her second album "Súgach Sámh / Happy Out" again to rave reviews - it was listed in NY Journalist Earle Hitchner's Top 30 albums for 2010, and as "probably the best album of 2010" in Irish Music Magazine. Along with performing regularly as a solo artist and with her own band, Niamh has also recorded with The Chieftains, and with Carlos Núñez. and recently released a new album "The Basque Irish Connection", in collaboration with Basque musician Ibon Koteron. To show Niamh your support, please go to http://www.irishmusicawards.com/ and follow the links to the IMA Forum, to vote.
KERRY AIMING TO FIGHT SUICIDE
Kerry’s suicide prevention campaign was strengthened this week with the announcement that the national organisation, Console, is to provide services in Killarney in the New Year. Console will offer suicide prevention and intervention services as well as providing support for bereaved families, including advice and help in dealing with inquests. The service will be totally free.
“We will be working with the HSE South in developing services for the area from February on,” said Console founder Paul Kelly. The announcement of the new service was made at a meeting attended by over 60 people at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre just before Christmas. Representatives of the GAA, the IFA and South Kerry Partnership as well as Coroner Terence Casey and suicide prevention groups from Tralee, Killarney and North Cork discussed the need for an integrated approach to the problem. A follow-up meeting will be held in the Killarney Leisure Centre on Tuesday, January 24th, at 7pm. An advertising campaign for suicide prevention similar to the successful campaign to reduce road deaths was called for at a public meeting in Killarney this week.
Four times as many South Kerry people died from suicide than from traffic accidents this year, coroner Terence Casey told the meeting in the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre on Tuesday night. There were three road deaths and 11 suicides in south Kerry, he said.
“There’s very little money being ploughed into suicide prevention and they’re cutting money going into counselling,” Mr Casey said. Killarney business woman and former nurse, Deirdre Fee, who organised the meeting, ‘An Integrated Approach to Kerry's Fight Against Suicide’, said there is a real need to advertise and campaign for suicide prevention.“The impact of the Road Safety Authority has been huge,” she said. “Maybe we could lobby for something similar.”
Deirdre told the gathering of over 60 people that solving the lack of awareness of services to prevent suicide was one area they could work together on. She also stressed the importance of intervention.
“Perhaps it could be the smallest intervention by a total stranger like a smile or a wave, or a friendly text,” she said. “Intervention is a very important word here.”
Details of an educational training course, ‘Peer Support Facilitator’, which will be available in Kerry next year for groups of 14 people at a time were given by Deirdre. She said the voluntary group, ‘Be Aware: Prevent Suicide’, had raised funds in Killarney to sponsor the courses.
One speaker called for the term ‘mental wellness’ to be substituted for ‘mental health’ and said it would dissolve the stigma. Kerry IFA Chairman James McCarthy, Farranfore, outlined the work they were doing to circulate mental health information to their members. Mr McCarthy said they were planning to link up with the county’s eight livestock marts and with the rural transport network to help combat rural isolation. SouthWest Counselling Co-Ordinator Geraldine Sheedy, Killarney, Bernie Reen of the GAA, the Opens Arms project from Tralee and Pauline McDonald, who is fundraising for Pieta House in Tralee, also spoke.
“Let people know there is support there to access,” Geraldine Sheedy said. Retired Psychiatric Nurse and Community Activist John Kelly said family supports of the past were being broken down because of restrictive planning in rural areas. The high incidence of loneliness and depression among older people was highlighted by a nurse who said services were being stripped away from them. Tom Leslie, who chaired the meeting, extended the sympathy of those gathered to those bereaved by suicide and opened with a minute’s silence in their memory. A candle was lit as a symbol of remembrance.
Deirdre Fee has thanked the Sports and Leisure Centre for hosting the meeting. The next meeting will be held at the centre on Tuesday, January 24th, at 7pm.
HSE Farm and Rural Stress Helpline - 1800 742 645: a freephone helpline open 6pm to 10pm daily targeted specifically at farmers and people who live in rural areas;
Cuan Counselling Centre Dingle, 085-7495054.
KILLARNEY WINTER/SPRING RUNNING LEAGUE…. ON THE RUN FOR THE KILLARNEY LIONS
Are you making a New Year’s resolution to get fit and back into the sporting arena?..... if so then the Killarney Lions Club can help. The Killarney Lions Club are organising a Winter/Spring running league starting on January 9th. The league will run on Monday nights starting at 7pm sharp and will be run over 8 nights. To be eligible for prizes participants must run 5 races. Everybody is welcome to participate from walkers to juveniles to experienced runners with the league organised in such a way that all standards are catered for. “In the first week everybody will start the run at the same time. As usual everybody’s finishing time is recorded. The following week the slowest finishers will start first and the quickest runners will start last. This gives everybody an equal chance of winning the run each week,” said one of the organisers, William O’Sullivan. “League tables are compiled using the participants finishing position. The runner that finishes first scores 1 point. The runner that finishes thirty first scores 31 points. The runner with the lowest points total at the end of the series wins the league. Staggered start times are adjusted each week according to new finishing times. There are 8 runs in the series. To be eligible for prizes participants must complete 5 runs.” Entry fee is €5 per race or €35 for 8 races. Prizes are being given in the usual categories. Find us on Facebook – Killarney Lions Club Winter League. Registration will be at the Kerry Parents and Friends
|Last Updated on Friday, 06 January 2012 12:46|