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A decade of growth at Kerry Education and Training Board

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Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) are participating in celebrations this week to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the Education and Training Board nationally.

Kerry ETB, employs over 1,300 staff, provides education and opportunities for over 15,000 learners annually from their 37 locations in the county, including primary, post-primary and further education and training.

The inaugural ETB Week will culminate in ETB Day today (Thursday) and will see Kerry ETB and other education and training boards around the country host events across their schools, offices and centres. The first ETB Excellence Awards in Croke Park will take place also today and will be hosted by RTE's Ray Kennedy.

Kerry ETB are delighted to have been shortlisted for two awards. The Bright Mind App has been shortlisted for the Equality Award. It was developed by two Transition Year students from Castleisland Community College. 

Students also launched the ETBI Patrons' Framework on Ethos to Kerry ETB board members on Tuesday, addressing how the Patrons Framework benefits their daily lives in school. There will be various activities across Kerry ETB schools during the week, including an ethos treasure hunt, art competitions and quizzes.

To complete the week tomorrow (Friday), ETB day staff coffee mornings in aid of BUMBLEance, are being organised at local schools, centres, campuses and offices.

"Kerry ETB was established 10 years ago this year to provide education, training and youth work services across the county," Cllr Jim Finucane, Chairperson of Kerry ETB, said.

"We have since grown and currently provide education to over 15,000 annual learners, with the scope of our services expanded significantly. We now have three community national schools, eight post-primary schools, five Kerry College Campuses, five Further Education and Training centres and a very extensive range of youth and community education services across the county.

"ETB Week, led by ETBI, gives us all a chance to reflect on the development of the organisation over the past 10 years. The provision of our education and training opportunities is very important. As a county-based organisation, we fully recognise the potential of our provision to enrich and change lives, create opportunities for people, and enhance our communities," he added.

"We look forward to continuing our journey into the future, creating and promoting the development of a life-long learning society in Kerry," Kerry ETB CEO, Colm McEvoy, added.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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