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Business of the Week: Bluebells Preschool and Afterschool

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Bluebells Preschool and Afterschool is a part-time Early Years’ service located within Loreto National School.

The service opened its doors for the first time in September 2021. Bluebells offers the free preschool scheme and an option of additional hours from 9.00am – 1.50pm. The preschool is a play-based preschool which follows a child led emergent programme of care.

It also offers an afterschool service within the school for primary school age children attending Loreto School. Currently the afterschool service runs from 1.50pm – 2.50pm with plans to eventually extend these hours until 5pm in the coming months.

The owners of this service are Rosemary Falvey and Alison Maher and both work in the service. Rosemary and Alison both have 16 years of experience working in the Early Years sector and most recently were managing a very well known creche in Killarney before branching out with their own preschool in Loreto National School.

Both Rosemary and Alison are local to Killarney and parents themselves with children both in attendance in Loreto National School and Bluebells Preschool.

Rosemary attended Loreto National School as a child and her daughter, Lily, is carrying on the family tradition, being the fourth generation from their family to attend Loreto National School.

Within Bluebells, Rosemary and Alison have created a home away from home environment for the children where they can make friends and have quality, fun learning experiences in a safe and secure environment.

“Our main goal in Bluebells is to provide a quality early learning experience through an environment that encourages and respects individuality and to maximize the development of children through the provision of professional care and developmentally appropriate educational activities,” said Rosemary.

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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