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Achievements recognised as school year draws to a close

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Sixth Year student Ava Doherty, pictured with teacher Adrienne Brosnan, who won the ‘Golden Football Boot for GAA’ the first of its kind in St Brigid’s.

By Michelle Crean

It’s been a difficult year for students with the pandemic pushing them once again into home learning earlier this year but as they settled back in to school students proved that it didn’t deter them from achieving their goals.

And it was smiles all around as the annual St Brigid’s Presentation school awards went ahead last week.

Sixth Year Student Council members were Caoilinn O’Donoghue, Teresa O’Sullivan, Mairead O’Donoghue and Ava Leslie.

Sixth Year student Ava Doherty won the ‘Golden Football Boot for GAA’ the first of its kind for the school.

“Ava truly deserved this as she has a great love and passion for football and GAA, her football skills are second to none,” her coach Emma Bunsworth said.

“She reads the game phenomenally and is a natural footballer. Ava is a real team player, a leader on the field and always willing to empower her knowledge to the younger players of the squad. She has brought a really high standard to her training sessions during her time in St Brigid’s. During the Munster Final she played a key role as sweeper and showed her maturity in the game. Well done Ava, well deserved,” her other coach Adrienne Brosnan said.

The Orla Benson Memorial Award winner was Sixth Year student Caoilinn O’Donoghue.

“This award holds a very special place in our school community. The recipient of this award is selected by the teaching staff based on the following criteria; full participation in the life of the school, has co-operated with peers and staff, has used leisure time in a creative way, has shown leadership qualities, has shown a sense of humour and is full of the joys of life, and, like Orla, gave time and talent to help those in need,” school PRO, Sheree Murphy, said.

Ilona Sheehan was awarded for Promoting Student Voice in the Community, while three others, Kate Lynch, Anna McGrath and Claire Stagg, were awarded for Dedication to Music in St Brigid’s.

Ciara Moynihan received the Rotary Club Youth Leadership award, and Junior Football award winners were Amy Myers, Caeyln O’Grady, Chloe Hue and Amy Walshe. Swad Masud was the Promoting Diversity and Inclusion award recipient, while LCA Student of the Year went to Charlotte Doolan.

“The Ceist Award winner was Laura Looney. The recipient of this award is also nominated by staff members. The student gets selected based on who they think reflects the five core values of CEIST; promoting spiritual and human development, achieving quality in learning, showing respect for every person, creating community, and being just and responsible.”

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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