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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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