Creative Ireland Kerry call out for Cruinniu na nÓg 2019

Cruinniú na nÓg will take place all over Ireland on Saturday June 15th next. It is the national day of creativity for children and young people, and the staff at the Arts Office/Creative Ireland Kerry have commenced co-ordinating the programme for the day. The Arts Office would like to hear from communities, artists, schools, groups, community venues, arts and cultural organisations who would like to organise an event for young people. The Arts Office welcomes input from young people and artists as well as youth arts organisations and schools.

“Ages 0 to 18 are catered for on the day and it is very much about engaging with and encouraging young people to get involved in all things cultural and creative. We would particularly like to hear from young artists and young designers and encourage anyone working with young people in the County to contact the Arts Office”, Cathaoirleach, Councillor Norma Foley stated.

Creative Ireland Kerry aims to support and promote as many events, workshops, performances and cultural experiences as possible and has a budget of approximately €8000 to spend directly on events that provide creative engagement for young people. An event form application is available online to those interested in organising an event in their local area. To download a form, go to The closing date for return of event forms is 1.00pm Thursday March 14th. The day is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht under the Creative Ireland programme.

Ciara will answer Ireland’s call again

Ciara Griffin will lead Ireland out this evening against England at Donnybrook in the Women’s Six Nations Championship opener.

The game, which is available live on Sky Sports Mix and RTÉ at 5pm, sees Griffin resume her role as Irish captain as she returns to the back row with little doubt of the obstacle that lies in store.

Speaking to the media Griffin said, “You could see it is a tough start, England are a great team to play against and the fact that we’re at home is an added bonus. You love a challenge, so we are all looking forward to it; all focused on the first of February at 5pm. We’re looking forward to kicking off the Six Nations at home.”

No doubt, locals will be keeping an eye on the popular Ballymac player and indeed will have plenty to talk about ahead of the clubs BBQ fundraiser, which takes place on Saturday (2pm).

The event, which starts at 4pm, will also have a viewing of the Ireland v England Six Nations game. There is also a chance to win some great spot prizes with tickets on sale €10 per person.

Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards for local Students

Ava Fitzmaurice received an award for her involvement with her local community. She is involved in her late father’s annual tractor run ‘The Paudie Fitzmaurice Tractor Run’ which raises money for charity. Ava excels at sport and has received many awards at both local, national and international level. Basketball, athletics, boxing and Gaelic football are the sports she plays and she has won All Ireland competitions for basketball, athletics and boxing. Ava represented Ireland in boxing and won gold in Italy, June 2018.       

Nathan Egan is another student receiving an award for his engagement  with his community. Nathan has been involved with St. Mary’s Basketball club. He has trained as a referee and has volunteered as a referee for the county league. He also trains the under 5 to under 8 basketball players every Thursday.     

Agricultural Science students, Kevin Lenihan, Eamon Nolan and James Mc Donnell were conscious of the many dangers present on farms . When they heard about the tragic news of Nevan Spence, an Ulster rugby player who tragically died from a slurry related incident, they said that they would get involved to try and help develop an idea around slurry safety. They won the overall safety award and now progress to the Lee/Strand Regional Garda Youth Achievement Awards to be held in May. 

The three students came up with two safety alarm ideas. Firstly, an alarm containing sensors that identify high levels of methane and hydrogen sulphide gases.  This will be connected to an alarm which can be put in the farmer’s house. The alarm will ring when high levels of toxic gases are detected outside the slurry pit. This will in turn alert the farmer, letting them know that no adults, children or animals should be near the area in which agitation is occurring. Secondly, they are promoting the use of a motion sensor alarm at the gate into the slurry pit so if any object or person passes through it, the alarm in the house will sound. Finally, they also have come up with the idea to paint the area around the slurry pit opening in red, this would act as a visual sign for danger, for younger kids especially. They have presented their project to students in their school, visited farms to discuss their idea with farmers and promoted their project on the school’s Facebook page.  ‘Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí’   


      As Leaving Cert students across the country deliberate their choices ahead of the CAO deadline on 1st February, the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) is encouraging young people in Kerry to consider a career in the tourism and hospitality sector, one of Ireland’s most successful industries. The IHF has created a dedicated website, Get a Life in Tourism, supported by Fáilte Ireland, which offers comprehensive information on the many careers available and how to get started as well as the various courses available at Institute of Technology Tralee. A free print Get a Life in Tourism magazine is also being published, which will be distributed to over 700 second-level schools, including those in Kerry.

In addition to courses available through the CAO, Get a Life in Tourism provides details on a variety of career options accessible through PLC courses as well as opportunities for those who wish to start working straight from school.  Every year, the hospitality and tourism businesses around the country recruit over 6,000 entry-level employees across all areas of their operations.  These include food and beverage; catering; accommodation services; reception; leisure centre and spa facility management; sales and marketing; human resources; IT; management and finance.

Niamh O’Shea, Chair of the Kerry branch of the IHF commented: “Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, providing employment in every county in Ireland including Kerry. It offers thousands of opportunities for young people interested in pursuing a career in tourism with enormous potential for professional development and advancement. We’re encouraging school leavers especially to explore the many options available, from ‘earn and learn’ chef programmes through to the wide selection of specialist third-level courses on offer throughout the country for those interested in obtaining a recognised qualification. If you are looking for an exciting challenge, with endless career possibilities then tourism and hospitality is the path for you.”

Get a Life in Tourism features personal stories from young people already working in tourism and hospitality that offer a realistic picture of what to expect from a career in the sector, providing young people with valuable first-hand information to help them make their course or career choice.

The tourism and hospitality sector in Kerry supports 15,700 jobs and contributes some €533m to the local economy annually. Tourism now supports an estimated 266,000 Jobs in Ireland, over 70% of which are outside Dublin. Tourism created over 94,000 new jobs since 2011