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All welcome to Two Mile School open day

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By Michelle Crean

A school that goes the extra mile to bring diversity and multi-denominational education to children will hold an open day next weekend.

Two Mile Community National School will open their doors to all on Saturday, November 19 from 2-4pm.

"Two Mile CNS is reflective of the fact that Irish society is more diverse than ever and parents should have access to multi-denominational education for their children," Catherine Barry, Principal, said.

"We see ourselves very much as a school for the whole community. Whatever your belief, all children are welcome. In our school we have children of many different faiths, and others with no particular religious beliefs. Through our 'Goodness Me Goodness You' programme, we explore different perspectives, focusing on the similarities between religions while respecting the differences.

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It's a school under the patronage of Kerry Education and Training Board where religious and non-religious backgrounds are respected and explored.

"We are providing this alternative in the Killarney area for parents who are looking for something a little different in a primary school than what has traditionally been on offer. We invite parents of children of all ages to come to visit our school, to meet the pupils, teachers and parents. We extend a particular welcome to parents of children due to start Junior Infants in September 2023."

The school provides choice to parents in the Killarney area who are looking for an alternative to the traditional model of Catholic education, welcoming children from all religious and cultural backgrounds.

It is the 'Goodness Me, Goodness You' programme that sets Two Mile CNS apart from other schools, she added.

"Through this programme, the children explore their own identities. They discuss values and ethical questions and experience lessons in children’s philosophy. The values of excellence in education, care, equality, community and respect permeate all aspects of school life."

The school delivers the National Primary School Curriculum as taught in every other primary school. However, Two Mile CNS does so in a way that fosters a warm inclusive environment with high standards of education and excellent home school links.

Aoife McBride is a parent of a child who started Junior Infants this year and reflects on the approach to education in Two Mile CNS.

"I was delighted to find a school that is multi-denominational, inclusive and forward thinking. These values are important to me and when choosing a school, I searched specifically to find an alternative. It is great that there is a school in Kerry providing an alternative education. My daughter has settled in very well and is very happy in her new school."

If you would like to enrol your child, or have any questions, please feel free to contact Catherine Barry on 086 418 3558 or email principal@twomilecns.ie.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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