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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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New Fexco partnership to create 75 jobs

Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025. The Fexco Managed Services […]

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Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025.

The Fexco Managed Services and TEKenable partnership will see both organisations co-invest in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Products and Salesforce Cloud Solutions and Services aimed at improving their collective customers end-to-end experience across both Irish and UK markets.

This partnership combines TEKenable’s experience in providing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultancy, development, and support services to their customers, with Fexco’s experience of premium operational delivery, customer management and process optimisation experts. This partnership will also see the creation of 75 new jobs by 2025, with roles created within Digital Customer Experience, Predictive Customer Behaviour Analysis, and Automation & Operational Efficiency services.

“This partnership will help us build on our collective strengths, and deliver the perfect blend of premium operational expertise, support, and resources to maximise the potential of Microsoft Dynamics 365 in improving our customers’ digital end to end experience,” Martin Ryan, Managing Director of Fexco Managed Services and Advisory Services, said.

“This will see us and TEKenable collaborate across multiple sectors and reinforce our position as trusted advisors who deliver transformative services for our clients.”

TEKenable was founded in 2002 by Nick Connors and Peter Rose is an innovative technology company focused on delivering digital services through Low Code platforms to medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland, UK and EMEA.

Nick Connors, Managing Director with TEKenable added that “this partnership will see us work with Fexco Managed Services to bring solutions, products and services offerings that will fundamentally change the end-to-end experience of both our customers, and their customers”.

“We predict that we will see growth from a combination of existing and new clients over the coming three years.”

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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