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Children inspired to grow their own veg



GROWING: Maggie's Montessori Preschool children, pictured with Mags O'Sullivan and Yvonne O'Sullivan, are delighted to have learned to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

By Michelle Crean

It's not only the children that growing up fast - but the food that they planted as part of a healthy habits project.

Local children from Maggie's Montessori Preschool got to grow and eat their own food for the very first time have been fascinated by the whole process.

As part of the Incredible Edibles Kerry Gardening and Nutrition Project, which encourages healthy habits, the children from Maggie's Montessori Preschool have watched their produce grow from seed to food!

"It's all part in the Early Years gardening project aimed to help them learn how food is grown and how good it is to eat food that you have grown yourself," Mags O'Sullivan from Maggie's Montessori Preschool told the Killarney Advertiser.

"In December 2020, preschools in Kerry were contacted with regards to a new up-coming gardening project for the Early Year Services called ‘The Incredible Edibles’. The Kerry Children and Young People's Services Committee (CYPSC) and Kerry County Childcare Committee received some Healthy Ireland funding which they used for a gardening project in the ELC and SACs in Kerry."

Each service that signed up for the gardening project received a resource pack in March.

"This pack included some tools, compost, plants and seeds. The project was supported by monthly online meetings which guided us through the ‘jobs’ for each month. The children eagerly got to work straight after ‘lockdown’."

Groups tasks were given each week such as planting, watering, thinning, harvesting, tasting/cooking.

"Our little gardeners planted Betty Beetroot, Lisa Lettuce, Rodger Rocket, Peter Parsley, Cian Carrot, Patsy Potato and Saoirse Strawberry. The children were able to see progress each week as their fruit and vegetables were grown in their polytunnel. The children experienced how some plants needed a lot more ‘sleeps’ than others i.e. Lisa."

Lettuce was peeping after seven ‘sleeps’ whilst Cian Carrot and Patsy Potato needed a lot more ‘sleeps’!

"Over the past 12 weeks our seven plants grew big enough to be harvested and both investigated and tasted by the children. Some benefits of this project included the children appreciating the full cycle from planting to harvesting. They learnt how to care for their plants and what was needed for them to grow big! Some children tasted these fruit and vegetables for the first time. This project aims to not only complete it in preschool, but to encourage healthy habits in the home and to inspire cooking in the kitchen as a life skill."

TAKE A LOOK: Fionn Daly, Alice Brosnan and David Lenihan pictured holding the food that they grew.

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O’Connor’s college concert a resounding successAccordion maestro Liam O’Connor does not do things by halves.

He proved it again last Thursday night when he hosted his ninth ‘Liam O’Connor Concert with St Brendan’s College Students’ in the school’s chapel. While the concert was always about […]




He proved it again last Thursday night when he hosted his ninth ‘Liam O’Connor Concert with St Brendan’s College Students’ in the school’s chapel.

While the concert was always about showcasing the students’ talents as musicians and singers, the guest list would not have looked out of place on Ryan Tubridy’s Late Late Show on RTÉ One.

The GAA world was represented by former Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody, Kerry stars and past students of St Brendan’s Dara Moynihan, David Clifford and Gavin White.

Of course, legendary RTÉ sports commentator Marty Morrissey was on hand to get the best responses out of the sporting stars.

O’Connor and his musical children Saoirse, Oisín, and Cillian who is a student of the college, weren’t even the top musical bill on the night.

That honour went to Paddy Casey.

“Casey royally entertained one and all, and our surprise guest, the RTÉ broadcaster Marty Morrissey, enthralled us with his views on Kerry footballers Dara Moynihan, Gavin White and David Clifford,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser.

“A night of unbelievable synergies was completed with an abundance of local talent. It was a truly unique night of star talent that will live on in the memories of everyone who was there.”

Liam also paid special tribute to the college Principal Seán Coffey and music teachers Mish O’Donoghue and Niamh O’Connell for their colossal support.

“The students themselves were indeed amazing, with the energy they brought to their singing, dancing and playing music. Their commitment to the event was such that they generously gave up their lunch hours to help make it all work,” he added.

The success of the concert rounded off a busy year for the international-renowned accordion champion that included a high-energy appearance at Electric Picnic and an equally lauded performance with the Celtic Tenors at the rugby clash between Munster and world champions South Africa at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork.

He and his son Oisín also made history in November when they became the first father and son pair to play both football and music at Croke Park on the same day.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]




By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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