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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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