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By Michelle Crean

There was a fantastic festive atmosphere in Barraduff on Friday night as up to 70 locals turned out to light up the village for Christmas.

Kathleen Cronin (left) with Santa Clause and Kathleen Healy attending the switching on of the Christmas lights in Barraduff last Friday. Photo: Seamus Healy

Oisin O'Connell and his brother Cian delighted meeting Santa Clause in Barraduff last Friday at the switching on of the Christmas lights. Photo: Seamus Healy

Shane Doyle and Ciara Horgan with their children Saoirse Aaron and Kayla at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Barraduff last Friday. Photo: Seamus Healy

Local Garda Declan Leader managed to catch Santa so the boys and girls had a great time quizzing him about what he'll be bringing to them on Christmas night! Christmas carols added to the occasion as local school children sang their hearts out with music also by the very talented Rosie Healy.

Killarney Mayor Niall Kelleher did the honours and switched the lights on while Fr Lenihan blessed the Christmas Memorial tree at the church.

The event was organised by the local Tidy Towns group which has approximately 15 members. They have been doing it for five or six years pre-pandemic.

"We haven't had it in two years [due to COVID]," Stuart Kelly, Chairperson of the Tidy Towns group, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Six years ago we decided to put a Christmas tree and lights up. Residents put up lights also. Kerry County Council and the Community Support Fund allowed us to get new lights this year. We have a memory tree at the church and hearts are €5 with proceeds going back into the village and we'll say a special memorial Mass after Christmas."

He added a huge thanks to the residents for their support as well as Fr Lenihan and their local shop keeper.

"Michael O'Donoghue Costcutter powers the tree and the church powers the memory tree," Stuart said.

He added that there's a fundraising table quiz on December 27 at 8pm sharp in John Dan's and everyone is welcome.

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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