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How Chinese is enhancing the school curriculum in Killarney

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CHINESE classes were introduced to St Brendan’s College in Killarney in recent years and as a transition-year student, I feel it is extremely beneficial.

The St Brendan’s College Chinese New Year dinner is an annual event held to support the teaching of Chinese in the school.

The Chinese classes are a unique opportunity to learn the number-one spoken language in the world spoken by approximately 1.051 billion people. Chinese classes can also by availed by people of any age in the evenings for a fee of €50 for 10 classes.

The Chinese New Year celebration on January 31 in The Gleneagle Hotel consisted of dinner of authentic Chinese cuisine, a showcase of Chinese culture including dancing and martial arts performances, followed by a raffle with several spot prizes and hampers supplied by local businesses.

The dignitaries in attendance included the Lord Mayor of Killarney, Councillor Brendan Cronin, the President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Paul O’Neill, and the head off the UCC Confucius institute, Mr Yongbin Xia.

The Chinese programme is operated by he Confucius Institute, UCC, and the dinner is organised in aid of this. The programme also gives several students from multiple schools the opportunity to visit China for two weeks and attend classes and experience the culture in Shanghai University at each year. This includes 11 students from St Brendan’s College who will be travelling this Easter.

The Chinese New Year dinner was an incredibly enjoyable evening in aid of a great cause. I would recommend everyone to attend next year.
 


 
Above: Qian Qian Jin, Lihui Zhang, Carol Hickson, Mr Xia, Lisa Galwey and Yaqin Ji enjoying the Chinese New Year celebrations hosted by St Brendan's College in the Gleneagle Hotel.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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