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Published 24/04/2013 | 05:36

Deputy Brendan Griffin, TD, presenting County Endeavour Awards for South West Region.

A PUBLIC talk on mental health is to be hosted in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne on Wednesday, May 8, as part of a joint initiative between Kerry GAA and the Kerry Mental Health Association.

Topics to be covered on the evening include 'Building Resilience in Challenging Times', 'How to Identify Somebody at Risk of Self-Harm or Suicide' and 'How Best to Deal with the Situation'. The talks, which begin at 7pm, will be delivered by Dan O'Connor and Ned Brosnan of the Kerry Mental Health Association and all are welcome to attend.

The Famine in West Kerry to provide food for thought

Dingle Historical Society will present a lecture by Dr Kieran Foley on 'The Famine in the Dingle Peninsula' this Thursday night, April 25, in Dingle Library at 7.30pm.

While much of the Dingle Peninsula's Famine experience was mirrored elsewhere in the country, West Kerry has its own distinctive story, reflecting vulnerability, inadequate relief initiatives, humanitarianism, sharp practice, religious controversy, deep distress and appalling levels of mortality. While some parts of the peninsula were among the worst affected areas of the country, this is not always recognised and the people of the Dingle Peninsula seem to have suffered in silence.

Kieran Foley, a native of Killorglin who now lives in Malahide, is a retired history teacher and deputy-principal. He is the Chief Advising Examiner for the Junior Certificate history examination and is an in-service presenter for history teachers. The subject matter of his MA thesis was The Killarney Poor Law Guardians during the Famine and Kerry during the Great Famine for his PhD thesis. His publications include History of Killorglin and a number of history textbooks. He has contributed chapters to Killarney – History and Heritage; The Iveragh Peninsula and Atlas of the Great Irish Famine. All are welcome to attend this free lecture.

€67,500 allocated for survey and repairs on Brandon pier

SOUTH Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin (pictured) has confirmed the allocation of over €116,000 from the Department of the Marine towards the repair and development of Dooks slipway and Brandon pPier. €48,750 funding from the Department of Agriculture and the Marine will be made available to Kerry County Council to help improve the surface of the existing slipway at Dooks to enable improved launching and docking of boats. In Brandon, €67,500 will be provided to help carry out repairs to the existing pier, including a geophysical survey of the site and repairs to holes in the core of the pier, which has become a cause of huge concern among the local fishing community. Deputy Griffin said that the funding is very welcome, particularly in the current climate of financial constraints.

Administration grants for West Kerry Comharchumann

At a meeting of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, it was confirmed that €1.55 million has been approved for community organisations in the Gaeltacht to support them in the implementation of their annual work plans throughout 2013. Administration grants for West Kerry community organisations saw the allocation of €52,725 for Comharchumannm Forbartha an Leith Triúigh Teo who are based in Cloghane and €72,000 for Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne Teo, based in Ballyferriter.

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