Thanks for a very successful Caring for the Carer Event

Mairead O Sullivan Education Officer wishes to thank FEXCO Killorglin, Denise McCann of KIDS, & Liam Twomey from St. Francis Special School for the support to bring parents of children with disabilities together to network with each other and take part in a Caring for the Carer session with Sarah Jane Grunfeld and The Importance of Exercise with Akea Calnan last week. It was a very enjoyable morning with lots of chat between parents and great plans for future endeavours. Many thanks to the Innisfallen Hotel, Fossa for a wonderful breakfast and lunch and for looking after us for the morning.



Bonane Heritage Park

Bonane Heritage Park is located 7 miles from Kenmare town on the road to Glengariff. It is a community owned project established since 2006 and has always had the full support of workers from both the RSS and TÚS schemes and has been well documented that the project wouldn’t function without them.

The park is on a 37 acre site purchased by the community and the RSS workers maintain the Park all year round especially during the tourist season when up to 7000 visit it annually. The latest project is stepping back in time to bring to life Ireland’s marine heritage through reconstructing a Deeyco boat. This dug-out or log boat will be made from Irish Oak and was used as far back as 120BC warfare as it is a paddle boat rather than a sailing boat.

Work has commenced on the project and anyone with archaeological interests within the community is invited to take part . The project is led by Dr Niall Gregory who is a foremost expert in dug-out boats and marine archaeology. Our four local RSS workers provided a level base 40ft long to support the massive oak log prior to its arrival in the park.



News From Kenmare Area – Focus on Sneem

The attached photos, taken by Kenmare area Supervisor John McCrohan show our RSS participants preparing the grounds of the Sneem hub for the official opening yesterday (Monday 1st April) by Minster Brendan Griffin T.D.


Our two local RSS participants from Sneem were augmented by their two RSS colleagues from neighbouring Templenoe and the four completed the work in good time and to a very high standard.

The four participants were again deployed doing traffic control on the day of the opening and again all went smoothly.