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Phoenix In The Media

The Centre's Getting Plenty Of Attention!

We are very lucky and grateful to have featured prominently in many local media outlets platforms since our inception. Whether it be features on our start-up or articles on our latest efforts to boost the profile of the centre we have appeared several times in the biggest local publications such as The Kerryman newspaper, the Kerry's Eye newspaper, the Tralee Today website & the Tralee & Killarney Outlook magazines as well as the odd appearance on Radio Kerry! We are also immensely proud and grateful to have our own monthly column in the Connect lifestyle magazine which is a very successful and featureful publication.

Scroll down below to see some of the articles the Phoenix Women's Centre & SHED has featured in since we began on our journey to empower the women of North Kerry.
If you represent or work for any publication or media outlet and would like to help us get the word out and continue to spread our message, feel free to get in contact with us and we would be only too happy to engage with you!

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December Connect

The PHOENIX WOMEN’S CENTRE & SHED are holding a fundraiser on Christmas Day this year as part of the traditional Christmas Day Swim at Fenit beach.
'Brave The Wave' will see women supporting the Phoenix Women's Centre & SHED via sponsorship cards which are available from the Phoenix office in the Community Development Project (CPD) Building, Rock Business Centre, Upper Rock Street, Tralee.
Interested women can also contact us for a sponsorship form on 0669130430 or email at
Dive, plunge, jump or swim for the Phoenix Women's SHED!!

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Phoenix Press Release

A Research Grant has been awarded to Phoenix Women’s Centre and SHED by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC)
The research project entitled ‘An Examination of Intersectional Barriers in Employment in Rural Ireland: Race and Gender’ is to be undertaken from November 2022 to September 2023.
The Phoenix Women’s Centre and SHED has engaged the expertise of two highly esteemed academics, namely Prof Margaret Linehan (Munster Technological University, MTU) and Dr Corina Sheerin (National College of Ireland, NCI)

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October Connect

Great fun was had by all 60 women attending our
Fashion Show hosted by PACO Clothing, Tralee.
Eileen Whelan delivered a most enjoyable show which featured the latest styles for this season. We would like to thank Eileen for the show and also Brush and Blush Tralee for looking after the make up and hair of all the models.
Our forthcoming events for October include a morning with local authors discussing their work (6th October). On Thursday 13th October we have a Wellness session with Meditation and Relaxation. Art with Mairead Hanrahan is the activity for Thursday 20th October.
From now until 15th December we have our programme full of activities including a Women’s Singing Circle with Elaine Clancy, Jewellery making, Indian Cooking demonstration with Sonali and Designing and Making Creative Personalised Christmas Cards with Lesley Collins.

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Phoenix Women's SHED Opening

The Phoenix Women’s Centre at Market Place will continue as normal to provide its full range of supports in counselling, advocacy, confidential phone line, and signposting services for women.

However, the Phoenix Women’s Centre and Shed is an extension of this service, and a place for women to meet in a social environment.

A range of pursuits such as expanding Empowerment and Personal Development programmes, Return to Work Courses, IT Skills, Walking Group, Nutrition classes, Yoga sessions, Drumming, Art Therapy, Self-Care Workshops, and various talks on women's issues, will be a feature of the Shed.

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Sharon's Fundraiser Helps Phoenix

THE efforts of a Tralee woman have helped out two local organisations who do great work for the community.

Sharon Roche held a fundraising headshave at Pearse Park on September 10 to help out the Open Arms Kerry project and to remember her son Seán who died 10 years ago.

She raised over €4,000 for the community initiative in the area of mental health. OAK is a volunteer led service whose aim is to help those in crisis.

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February Connect

Women have flown in space, been elected to senior Government positions, including that of prime minister and led the EU. Women have entered the top professions, won gold medals in the Olympics, owned newspapers and TV channels, had senior positions in the military, the police force and judicial system. Women have trekked to the North and South poles and won the Nobel Peace prize. Women have been CEO of large corporations and made invaluable contributions to science including the development of the mRNA vaccine for Covid 19.

Yet, here we are, shaken and outraged that a young woman, in day light has been murdered whilst running along a canal bank.

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November Connect

The PHOENIX WOMEN’S CENTRE is all about supporting women in any way that we can. No matter what difficulty a woman may encounter, we are here to help on our support line, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m.
Meadowlands Hotel has generously donated a voucher for one night’s B and B at their fabulous hotel. It would make a lovely treat or Christmas gift. We are Raffling this voucher. If you call into Paco, High St Tralee, Urban Sanctuary, The Square, Tralee or Brush and Blush, Milk Market Lane, Tralee, you can purchase an entry into the draw for just €5.00. Closing date is Tuesday 30th November 2021.

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October Connect

The PHOENIX WOMEN’S CENTRE is all about supporting women in any way that we can. No matter what difficulty a woman may encounter, we are here to help on our support line, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m.
The Phoenix Women’s Centre relies on grants, donations, fundraising, proceeds from events organised for women and profits from the sale of goods at a monthly car boot sale in Tralee.
The Phoenix Women’s Centre has no direct financial support from Government funds. There are no salaried employees – everyone involved is providing a service as a volunteer.

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Gardening With Maura

Herbalist Christine Best and florist Maura Sheehy from Maura's Cottage Flowers have teamed up with The Phoenix Women's Centre in Tralee to roll out a new and exciting gardening experience via zoom.
It is envisaged that the initiative will spark interest among women to continue gardening long after the project is completed, and sow seeds in more ways than one.
Connecting with nature, potting, and tending plants is known to trigger a physiological response that lowers stress levels, and satisfies our innate drive to connect with nature by restoring our ability to concentrate and focus.

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Phoenix Sharp Shooters

The immense beauty of the Kerry landscape was on full display this week as three local photographers were rewarded for their talents in a in a competition run by the Phoenix Women's Centre.

The competition was entitled 'Woman's Eye - The Natural Beauty of the Kingdom a Captured by The Women Of Kerry' and was a fundraiser for the centre which is based on Maine Street in Tralee, was a huge success with almost 480 entries - all of whom had to pay an entrance fee to enter - received and which left judges Pascal Sheehy from RTÉ and local author Breda Joy with quite the task on their hands to pick winners.

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August Connect

The PHOENIX WOMEN’S CENTRE is all about supporting women in any way that we can. No matter what difficulty a woman may encounter, we are here to help on our support line, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m.
We also respond to needs as raised by you the women of Kerry. What would you like us to offer? This month we have had Virtual Coffee Mornings, Gardening Classes and the regular Wednesday morning walks.
Do you need IT support to help you apply for a job on line? Do you need any specific skills training? If we cannot deliver it ourselves, we will refer you to someone who can help.
Do you need to talk to someone? We will listen with no judgement and if necessary, can refer you to a specialist agency or counsellor.

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Kerry's Beauty - Through The Eye Of A Woman

Capturing the beauty of Kerry through a woman's eye is the challenge of an amateur photographic competition launched on International Women's Day last Monday to raise money for the Phoenix Women's Centre in Tralee.

'Woman's Eye - The Natural Beauty of the Kingdom as Captured by the Women of Kerry' invites women resident in the county to submit photos taken between March 8 and April 17 this year. Subject matter is limited to the natural beauty and wildlife of Kerry.

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July Connect

The PHOENIX WOMEN’S CENTRE is dedicated to supporting women, bringing women together to engage and network, and providing opportunities for women’s personal development and empowerment.

Women may be in crisis for many reasons and the stress and trauma of life events can trigger a multitude of set backs. Sometimes, just having the space to talk things through can have a dramatic impact by clarifying the way forward. We have approximately 60 phone calls a week from women seeking guidance. We are also partnered with ‘Let’s Get Talking’ Counselling Services who offer a no set fee service.

We believe prevention is better than cure. We want to provide early intervention, support and advocacy. 

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Let's Get Talking

The Phoenix Women's Centre in Tralee recently met with representatives of the Let's Get Talking counselling and psychotherapy service with the aim of extending the service for people who need counselling, but may not be able to do so privately as this is often too expensive.

Representatives from the mental health, non-for-profit, Let's Get Talking, say they are delighted to begin plans to collaborate on providing mental health support to the Kerry community.

Communications and fundraising manager with Let's Get Talking, Amy Kelly, explained that both organisations are committed to providing counselling services and are collaborating to ensure access to affordable therapy is widely available.

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Kerry Women's Centre Finds New Home

***UPDATE*** We Have since moved to a new more fit for purpose location since this article was published. Our new address is Rock Business Centre, Community CPD Building, Upper Rock St, Tralee, Co. Kerry, V92 WR9P

THE Kerry Women’s Resource Centre has a new home at Market Place, Maine Street Tralee.

For now, the centre will support women through phone calls and social media platforms. They are also in discussion with tutors to roll out workshops and training  in small groups.

The resource centre, which was based in Aras and Phobail, closed in late 2018, but a group of women came together in 2019 to set up the centre again and have now found a suitable location.

“We want the women of Kerry to take ownership of this centre and become actively involved in ensuring it is relevant and viable going forward,” said a spokesperson for the service.

“Women can volunteer, use the service, become members, fundraise and offer any help they feel motivated to give. Our centre will be a source of support, referral and signposting. We will be there to help and encourage but also to celebrate and educate.”

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Interested In Joining Us?

The Phoenix Women's Centre is a non profit organisation and as such receives no core funding. We rely heavily on our membership base to cover the running costs of the centre. Membership is based on what you can afford and is great value for small money as well as helping to keep this worthwhile service going for women in Kerry,
Further info on membership can be found
here. If you just want to jump ahead and become a member for a maximum of only €10 a year you can go ahead and click below to submit your membership directly.

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If you do not wish to become a member of the centre but would still like to help via a one off or regular donation you can give directly via the button below. We thank you for your interest in supporting and empowering our women, your donation will be of immense support to us.

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