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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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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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