All is well for Cloghane fes­ti­val week­end

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WILD At­lantic Well­ness is the theme for a week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cused on well-be­ing, which is tak­ing place in Bran­don/Cloghane this week­end.

The well­ness fes­ti­val is a devel­op­ment of the Mind­ful Liv­ing Fes­ti­val, which was started by Comharchu­mann For­barthe Leith Trúigh Man­ager Caitríóna Ní Chor­raín. The re­vised event aims to be have a broader ap­peal, pro­vid­ing events for all ages. Th­ese range froim pad­dle board­ing for teenagers to up-cy­cling and cre­ativ­ity ses­sions with Yun­jee Kim for chil­dren. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to the yoga ses­sion on Cap­pagh Beach on both days and to Jackie Grif­fin’s in­tro­duc­tion to re­flex­ol­ogy.

The week­end also brings ex­po­nents of mind­ful­ness in the form of Hugh O’Dono­van, who is an ex­pert in caoching psy­chol­ogy. Hugh prom­ises to pro­vide at­ten­dees with the tools to man­age change in thier lives.

CFLT Of­fi­cer Áine Mc Carthy ex­plained that the re­brand­ing of the fes­ti­val from ‘mind­ful­ness’ to ‘well­ness’ came about be­cause “peo­ple were thinkng of the week­end as more of a re­treat”.

“The re­al­ity is that ev­ery­one can get in­volved. There are events for kids, adults and teenagers,” said Áine. The re­brand­ing is hav­ing the de­sired ef­fect and, ac­cord­ing to Áine, the phones are hop­ping in the com­mu­nity cen­tre with en­quiries. Mean­while, in what is a new take for the fes­ti­val, lo­cal pubs are de­scibed as the place to un­wind and de-stress after the day.

This week­end’s fes­ti­val is only one of the cal­en­dar of events or­gan­ised by the Comharchu­mann which was recog­nised for its out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity at The Ker­ry­man Com­mu­nity Awards last Thurs­day. They were awarded the ti­tle of Best Co­mu­nity Cen­tre and the top prize for pro­mot­ing the Ir­ish lan­guage.

The Wild At­lantic Well­ness Week­end runs from Fri­day 18th to Sun­day May 20th in Bran­don, Cloghane. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact 066-7138137 or their web­site

Pho­tos by De­clan Malone

The sun shone down on Séipéal Naomh Eoin Baiste in Lios Póil on Satur­day as chil­dren from the lo­cal school re­ceived their First Holy Com­mu­nion. Among those who were there were, clock­wise from left: Róise Ní Ghairbhí; Ais­ling Ní Bhri­ain, with her mother...

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