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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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Local activities this weekend for National Heritage Week

A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday. This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow […]

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A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit www.heritageweek.ie to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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Killarney girl has an important part to play in Rose Festival

By Michelle Crean A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Chloe Nott […]

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By Michelle Crean

A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Chloe Nott (7) from Fossa was thrilled to find out that she has been paired with Arizona Rose Sophie Owen.

She’s now super excited as the Festival kicks off tonight (Friday) and is looking forward to being part of the big parades which attract thousands to the streets of Tralee tomorrow (Saturday) and again on Sunday.

“We found out about three weeks ago, she was picked from hundreds from all around the country,” Chloe’s mom Gemma told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last Saturday the Rose Buds came together for the first time in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee where they met the Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell and received their sashes.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll enjoy a party in the Meadowlands and have a busy weekend meeting and greeting people when they take part in the Festival’s activities including a trip to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

“I’m so excited to meet my Arizona Rose,” Chloe, who is going into Second Class in Fossa National School, said.

Gemma and her husband Eric and son Luke (9) went to Reidys in Killarney to tell Chloe the exciting news.

“My mom gave me a rose and told me I was a Rose Bud. After she told me I was bursting with excitement.”

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