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Community College honours top students

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Last Thursday night was a star-studded occasion in Killarney Community College as teachers, students, parents and distinguished guests assembled for the annual awards ceremony to honour and recognise students in the college. The awards night at Killarney Community College has now become an annual tradition and it gives the whole school community an opportunity to reflect on some of the achievements of the students. Awards were presented across a range of categories: academia, technology, culture, leadership, ethos, sports and extra-curricular activities, amongst others.

Robyn Sheehan was voted by the teachers as the Student of the Year as during her 6 years in the school, she has endeared herself to everyone through her commitment, pleasant disposition, work ethos and involvement with all areas of school life.

The prestigious Principal’s Award went to Grace O’Sullivan for her overall contribution to the school. Grace has lead the way academically, demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much.

Kate Stack received the Senior Sports Awards as recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport in the college and with her respective clubs. Caoimhe Crowley and Martha Fitzgerald won an award in the Junior Sports category in recognition of their sporting prowess.

Monika Cepulyte won the Arts Awards, while Ciarán Quigley and Breda Kelliher received the Senior Music Award. The Design and Technology Award was presented to Lucas O’Donoghue. All students were credited for their incredible talents in these areas.

The Endeavour Award went to a worthy recipient in Amy Flynn and Contribution to the Life of the School Award was presented to Karen O’Donoghue. David Murrell Musgrave was presented with the award for Living the Ethos. David has been constantly involved in promoting the school ethos of “Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion” throughout his time in the college.

Awards were also presented to last year’s best Junior and Leaving Certificate exam students. Sarah O’Riordan Clifford received Best Leaving Certificate while Best Junior Certificate went to Karen O’ Donoghue. Best Leaving Certificate Applied was awarded to Shane Courtney.

There was special recognition given to students involved in the pantomime, Rapunzel, who put on an outstanding performance last December. Transition year student Natalia Leane, who recently won the All-Ireland Apprentice Chef competition, was also recognised by the college for her outstanding performance.

The night was a great success with entertainment being provided by various musical acts, including the staff choir under the direction of music teacher Ms Joanna Hughes and Siobhán O’Brien.

 

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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