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Community college goes phone free in classroom

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The Killarney Community College have introduced new measures in order to reduce online bullying and general distraction within the classroom by asking their students to voluntarily hand up their phones to their teachers at the beginning of every class.

The initiative comes in the wake of new data published this week reporting worrying online trends faced by school goers.Cyber Safe Kids, an Irish online safety charity, carried out research for it's annual trends and usage report and were able to include secondary school data for the first time.98% of all 12-16 year olds now own a mobile phone with up to 40% of secondary school goers reporting being cyber bullied with girls overall being the most likely victims. Almost two thirds of teachers have reported dealing with online safety incidents. The survey also showed many students reported being unaware of how to best protect themselves online.Feedback from the student council has been overwhelmingly positive as students noted that notifications and the temptation to look at their phone are now a thing of the past thus maximising teaching and learning in their classes.Principal Stella Loughnane has already noted the positive impact it is having on the school."In recent years I've found myself dealing with more and more online issues that have spilled over to the classroom. Incidents of Cyber bullying are worrying and clearly on the rise. Every student has a right to feel safe in school and learn in a distraction free environment,” she said.“Our teaching staff have noted the ease to which our students have taken to handing up their phones and have noticed a greater focus and improved levels of concentration within the classroom. Students are still free to use their phones at lunch time but we are definitely seeing the benefits of less screen time for our students.”

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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