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Community College students get best send off

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By Michelle Crean

It was an occasion to dress up as it was one of the biggest nights of their lives so far when Killarney Community College (KCC) students said farewell to school life for good.

CLASS OF 2022: The Class of 2022 pictured at Killarney Community College on their graduation day last Thursday with Vice Principal Eilish O'Leary (left) and Principal Stella Loughnane (right). Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

BURSARY AWARD: Tadhg Quinn (centre) pictured with Principal Stella Loughnane and the family of the late Carmella Sheehy as the winner of the Carmella Sheehy Bursary Award. From l-r were: Eddie Sheehy Stella Loughnane Tadhg Quinn Triona Sheehy and Daire Sheehy. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Last Thursday, the Class of 2022 came to the end of their KCC journey with an emotional graduation ceremony in the school hall which was streamed live via Zoom to those unable to attend.

Principal Stella Loughnane stated how proud she was of this particular group of students, how the adversities they overcame will stand to them in the future and most importantly encouraged everyone to follow their dreams.

Students Ethan McKeon and Tia McNabb gave an entertaining speech full of emotion, nostalgia and praise for their time in the school.

And it wouldn't be a grad ceremony without the annual student awards.

The roll of honour and award winners were as follows:

Student of the Year went to Tia McNabb, while the Principal's Award was given to Daniel S T, School Ethos Caithlin McEnteggart, Contribution to Life of the School Ethan McKeon, and the Carmella Sheehy Bursary was received by Tadhg Quinn.

The students were treated to lunch kindly provided by the school and the culinary genius that is Noel. They hung around afterwards to take photos with loved ones, friends and teachers.

"Well done to the main organisers especially Ms O'Riordan, Fr Niall for his usual words of wisdom, Ms Huges and our wonderful choir to give the Class of 2022 the best send off ever," Principal Stella Loughnane said.

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Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]

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The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”

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