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Changes at the helm of local national schools

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By Michelle Crean

There's a few new faces at local national schools this year - not only the incoming Junior Infants - but new school principals at Lissivigeen National School, St Oliver's, Tiernaboul, and The Mon.

On Tuesday, Conor Gleeson (45) began his new journey as admin principal at Lissivigeen NS taking over from Mike McAuliffe who retired just before the summer holidays.

Conor has left his teaching principal role in Tiernaboul NS and is being replaced by Maria Breen. The Mon is set to appoint a new head of the school as Colm O Suilleabhain has left and takes up the position of new principal at St Oliver's taking over from Rory D'Arcy who begins a new career as a Senior National Advisor to Catholic Primary Schools with the Managers Association.

For Conor it's not his first day at Lissivigeen NS as he taught there from 2007 to 2012 after beginning his career at Innishannon National in 2002.

And the links don't stop there, although he himself attended Loretto NS, his father Jim Gleeson and three generations before him, attended Lissivigeen NS.

And to make the morning school journey a little easier, both Conor's children Jack in Fourth Class and Doireann, who is in Second Class, have joined their dad at school also.

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Conor praised staff and Board of Management in Tiernaboul, and said he will miss the 70 pupils and their families dearly but that "change is a good thing" for everyone.

"I began in Tiernaboul National School in March 2012, nine and a half years ago, the time flew there," Conor told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Change is a good thing. There is a feeling of mixed emotions as I loved every minute in Tiernaboul. The staff there are top notch and I'd like to thank them and the Board of Management. It's exciting times and I'd like to wish Maria Breen, the new principal, all the best. I have no doubt that she will bring new exciting initiatives to the role and it'll benefit everybody."

And as he switches out of a teaching/principal role to a more administrative role with 270 pupils, he said that he'll miss the classroom.

"I have big shoes to fill, they'll miss Mr McAuliffe," he said. "It's a big change. Teaching, that's the one thing I'll miss hugely."

However, he is looking forward to a new direction as admin principal.

"From day one I got a lovely welcome here. It's totally different. Communication is the buzz word, if the lines of communication are open I think it's very important. An informed parent is a happy parent. I'm looking forward to the years ahead."

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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