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Children’s author helps Killarney school open a new chapter

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THE new library at Gaelscoil Faithleann Primary School has become a star attraction since it was unveiled by popular children’s author and poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice on Friday.

The library was developed thanks to the combined efforts of parents and staff. The space was fitted out using upcycled materials where possible, and a parent in the school brightened up the appearance of the walls with murals and a “reading tree”, while a “reading throne” was installed to be used for reading and storytelling. Children were involved in painting “book covers” to decorate the room.

School principal Proinsias Mac Curtain said: “We now have an amazing library which the children love. This is a wonderful new resource for the school where children can come and relax and read. All our children will look forward to their library slot every week.”

He added: “This will create enthusiastic young readers and writers for years to come and is a resource that will be accessible to the whole school community.”

The chairperson of the parents council, John Bowler said: “The library is a wonderful facility for the school's pupils, and an initiative the parents council were very happy to support.”

As part of the launch pupils took part in a book report competition which was supported by Eason Killarney which donated two prizes to each class, and also judged the competition. The winning entries will be displayed in Eason Killarney.
 


 
Above: Gabriel Fitzmaurice launching the new library at Gaelscoil Faithleann.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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