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Ballyvourney school reunion sparks Irish language debate

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REUNION: Former students from Colaiste Iosagain, Ballyvourney at a special past pupils reunion in Scott’s Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Past Kerry-based pupils of Coláiste Iosagain in Ballvourney County Cork met in Killarney this week for a reunion.

 

The college, which was first opened in 1933, was purpose built to revive the Irish language in the early years of the State. The school was familiar to many people throughout Munster and further afield as an educational establishment up to its closure in 1989.

 

This week’s two day reunion was organised by former Fine Gael councillor Johnny ‘Porridge’ O'Connor and Gerard Doyle.

 

The boarding school is still a major landmark on the Cork to Killarney road, midway between Ballyvourney and Ballymakeera. While there was no official reason for the reunion, many who attended Monday’s golf classic at Dook’s Golf Club and Tuesday night’s dinner at Scott’s Hotel would have entered the school between 1959 and 1969.

[caption id="attachment_28587" align="aligncenter" width="600"] SCHOOL REUNION: Tony McSweeney, Mickey 'Ned' O'Sullivan, Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson and Michael Moriarty at the Colaiste Iosagain, Ballyvourney past pupils reunion in Scott's Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

Many of the students went on to become well-known public figures in either political or sporting circles and included Kerry football legend Mickey ‘Ned’ O’Sullivan and current Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson.

 

“The school was established to ensure high standards of fluency in Irish, many would have gone on to be teachers and this ensured that Irish was taught at a high-level in national schools,” Mayor Gleeson told the Killarney Advertiser.

 

Gleeson, a keen supporter of the Irish language, will put a motion before Kerry County Council on Monday next, asking if a Erasmus programme, similar to the one where Irish students study in Europe for a given period, could be introduced here.

 

“As the Constitution of Ireland in Article 7 states that Irish is the national language and the official language it is imperative that the primary teachers of the country have excellent oral competence to teach the language effectively,” it states in his motion. “To confirm this I am asking the Government to establish a foundation based on the Erasmus Scholarship, to the Gaeltacht for a year, for the teaching subjects."

 

 

 

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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