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Staff and students at a South Kerry school welcomed a visit from the Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Larysa Gerasko, on Monday.

TREE PLANTING: Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland Her Excellency Larysa Gerasko with Minister for Education Norma Foley Maurice Fitzgerald (Principal) Jim Finucane (Chairman Kerry ETB) and Norma Moriarty (Chairperson Board of Management) planting a Willow tree at Colaiste na Sceilige Cahersiveen on Monday to mark her school visit. Photo: Don MacMonagle

VISIT: Ukrainian students Solohub Alexiia and Solohub Cmiteo from Mariupol pictured with Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland Her Excellency Larysa Gerasko and Minister for Education Norma Foley at Colaiste na Sceilige Cahersiveen on Monday during a school visit. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The Ambassador’s visit to Coláiste Na Sceilge in Cahersiveen followed an invitation sent by Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) earlier in the month.

The Ambassador was accompanied on her visit by Minister for Education and Kerry TD, Norma Foley.
The organisation invited the Ambassador to South Kerry, particularly due to the significant number of Ukrainians welcomed by the local community in recent weeks.

According to Department of Education figures, over 550 Ukrainian students have been enrolled in Kerry-based schools, with Kerry being one of the most popular county destinations after Dublin.

Kerry ETB School, Coláiste Na Sceilge, has welcomed 34 students.

“I am extremely proud of how our school communities in Kerry have so warmly welcomed students from Ukraine," Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, said.

"There has always been a tradition in our schools of welcoming children and young people from any part of the world, and we stand now in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in this terrible time for their country.

“I would like to thank all the members of our school communities for making the students and their families so welcome. I would also like to thank Kerry ETB for its work in the Regional Education And Language Teams (REALT) that we have now established across all 16 ETBs. They play a vital role in ensuring access for students to education.”

Speaking at the event, School Principal Maurice Fitzgerald said: “As a Kerry ETB school, our ethos is informed by the core values of respect, care, equality, community and excellence. True to our ethos and values, we welcome the Ukrainian community to Coláiste Na Sceilge, and it is our hope and expectation that they will grow and flourish during their time with us.”

The Department of Education assigned Kerry ETB responsibility to coordinate the multi-agency Kerry Regional Education and Language Team (REALT) as part of the Irish Government’s Ukrainian Response.

The organisation has been working with Ukrainian families arriving in the county, endeavouring to support them at this time of great difficulty.

Kerry ETB delivers primary, post-primary and Further Education and Training (FET) to students and learners of all ages across the county – including local facilities Coláiste Na Sceilge, O’Connell FET Centre, Tech Amergin FET Centre, Killorglin ABE and Killorglin VTOS.

“The people of Kerry have wholeheartedly supported this effort, and I am remarkably proud to be here today to experience first-hand our shared response,” Chairperson of the Kerry ETB Board, Councillor Jim Finucane, said during the visit.

During her visit, Ambassador Larysa Gerasko met with Ukrainian students, their families and the supportive community. The Coláiste Na Sceilge Student Council also invited the Ambassador to plant a Willow tree on the grounds – a symbol of hope, a sense of belonging, and safety. Furthermore, the ability to let go of the pain and suffering to grow new, strong and bold.

At the event, Colm Mc Evoy, Kerry ETB Chief Executive Officer, said: “I want to thank the Ambassador for visiting Coláiste Na Sceilge today to meet with our Ukrainian students and their families. Today brings a real focus to our work assisting people from Ukraine.”

The event was attended by the local community and stakeholders, including local primary schools and the Cahersiveen Interagency Forum, a forum led by the South Kerry Development Partnership, whose response to the crisis has been nothing short of phenomenal. Also in attendance was Kerry Council County Chief Executive Moira Murrell, who chairs the weekly meetings of the county's Ukrainian Interagency Community Response Forum.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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