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Celebrity couple to judge Ladies Day




GLAMOROUS pop star Una Healy and her dapper rugby star husband Ben Foden are the celebrity judges lined up for this year’s stylish Dawn Dairies Ladies Day at Killarney Races.

They will select the Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gent at what is considered to be one of the real social highlights of the year in Kerry.

The eagerly awaited Ladies Day, sponsored for the 25th year by Dawn Dairies, has been scheduled for Thursday, July 19 and incredible prizes await the winners of the style stakes. The winning lady will receive a fabulous trip for two to romantic Paris and the winning gent will be presented with a VIP break for two people in magnificent Milan. A former member of the chart-topping pop band The Saturdays, who enjoyed a string of smash hits, Una Healy later became an adjudicator on The Voice of Ireland before she released a fabulous new solo album.

The Saturdays sold over five million records worldwide and racked up 13 Top 10 singles and five Top 10 albums in just six years. Her first solo album The Waiting Game, was released last year and her recent single, Never See Me Cry, was an instant hit.

Her husband, Ben Foden, is a rugby union star that has enjoyed a great career with Northampton Saints and England. An exceptionally versatile player, he has proven to be equally comfortable at full back, wing back or as scrum half.

This year’s July Festival of Racing in Killarney has been extended to five days, commencing on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15 with a family fun day and a Mad Hatters competition with great free entertainment for children.

The evening meetings on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will all feature a novel theme with Monday designated Ladbrokes Race Day during which the leading bookmaker is generously sponsoring all seven races on the card.

Heads will turn on Tuesday, which is Milliners’ Day, and leading and creative milliners from all around the country will be showcasing their spectacular pieces prior to Ladies Day.

The Rose of Tralee contestants will add a touch of extra glamour on the Wednesday, bring the magic of the annual festival from the streets of Tralee right on to the enclosure in Killarney.

Admission this year will be €20 and €25 on Ladies Day. Students and OAPs will

be admitted from €12 with valid ID and €15 on Ladies Day while children under

12 will be admitted free of charge if accompanied by an adult. For group or panoramic restaurant bookings call 064-6631125.

As an added attraction and to generate an even better atmosphere, all live sporting games occurring during this year’s Killarney Races will be shown at the racecourse on the Sunday.

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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 […]




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 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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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]



Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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