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Colourful week as hard-working students receive two flags

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By Michelle Crean

One local school has been successful in attaining two very important flags by focusing on the environment and promoting the positive mental health of all students.

AMBER: Pictured front from l-r were: Niamh Kissane Jessica Leahy Muireann Ring Tara Donnellan and Aoife O'Donoghue. Middle from l-r: Chloe Clifford Looney Claudia Counihan Alannah Houlihan Kate Horgan Mehek Asgar Ellen Farndon. Back l-r: Alice Boyle O'Sullivan Katie McCarthy and Danielle Gleeson with their Amber Flag.

St Brigid’s Secondary received their Amber Flag for several more years and their Green Flag and certificate this week.

The Amber Flag team is run by both teachers and students from all year groups, and supported by Pieta House to encourage students to raise awareness of the stigmas that exist in their environments and the stressors on the mental and emotional well-being of those in their school community.

Another aspect of this initiative is in raising awareness for those in need. Many fundraisers have been successfully led and run by students this year for the following organisations: Kerry Mental Health, Irish Air Ambulance, Kenya Education Project, Send a Sick Child to Lourdes, Ukrainian Crisis Appeal and Daffodil Day.

This year, an area of need recognised by the Amber Flag committee was the lack of communication between students due to social distancing, mask wearing and having to remain in their class groups.

Therefore, with the easing of restrictions, every Friday different year groups were given the chance to meet in the assembly area for a tea/coffee and a chance to chat.

Green Schools Coordinator Sheree Murphy said it’s the school’s Fifth Green Flag that they have been awarded for their work in promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment.

“To receive this flag they worked on the theme of Biodiversity while still not forgetting their previous themes of Litter and Waste, Water, Energy and Travel. Green Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community which we are delighted to be involved in.”

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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