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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school's website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Celtic Whiskey Bar now offering wine Wednesdays and Sundays

The Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder on New Street is adding another string to its bow and as well as offering whiskey tasting sessions the popular bar is set to […]

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The Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder on New Street is adding another string to its bow and as well as offering whiskey tasting sessions the popular bar is set to become a wine lovers paradise.

The bar is launching a Wine Wednesday and Sunday experience.Every Wednesday and Sunday, with a full wine menu available, offering a delightful selection ranging from fizz to rich reds and delicate rosés. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier or just beginning to explore the world of wine, there’s something for everyone to savour.“Step into the cosy establishment nestled in the heart of Killarney and prepare to embark on a journey through vineyards and varietals, all at heavily discounted prices that won’t break the bank,” said the bar in a statement.“And the best part? Bottles start from just €20, making indulgence accessible to all.”Each week, the bar will be showcasing special wines available by the glass to  complement a delectable menu offerings.“The perfect pairing with their new and updated menu. The perfect spot for some casual drinks and dinner. Treat yourself to cheeseboards, chowder or any of the tasting offerings the new menu has to offer. Whatever your preference, their knowledgeable staff are on hand to guide you through our extensive wine selection, offering expert recommendations and ensuring that each sip is nothing short of perfection,” added the statement.

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Gleneagle Concert Band Annual Charity Concert

A brilliant big band sound will ring out in Killarney at the eagerly awaited annual charity concert by the Gleneagle Concert Band on April 28 at 7.30 pm at The […]

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A brilliant big band sound will ring out in Killarney at the eagerly awaited annual charity concert by the Gleneagle Concert Band on April 28 at 7.30 pm at The Gleneagle Hotel.

The town band will be joined by guest artists from Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Choir Kenmare and all proceeds from this concert will be allocated to local causes – the Children’s Disability Network Team for South Kerry, Brothers of Charity Services Kerry, CanTeen Ireland and the Gleneagle Concert Band Music Education Programme instrument loan scheme.

The concert will cater for all musical tastes and will include military marches, classical music, jazz numbers, film music, choral music and vocal hits.

Gleneagle Concert Band Music Development Officer Vincent Condon said:
“We are delighted to collaborate with local charities and hope the public will come out in great numbers again this year to support this worthwhile fundraising venture.
The Children’s Disability Network Team for South Kerry, in partnership with Brothers of Charity Services Kerry, provides essential services to children and young people with complex needs and support for their families. CanTeen Ireland is a support group for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years who have cancer or had cancer in the past. A large audience on the night of the concert will raise much-needed funds to support the wonderful work being done by both charities to empower and help young people who need support.
The band and choir musically are in excellent form and I extend an open invitation to music enthusiasts and all to come and join us for what will be an evening of great entertainment.”

The Gleneagle Concert Band has performed with distinction for former President Mary McAleese and President Michael D. Higgins on their visits to Kerry in recent years and has been proud ambassadors on tours to Germany, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Portugal, Paris, Lisbon, Monaco and Cannes over the past four decades.
Band manager Ciaran Lynch added:

“These are very exciting times for the band which would not be possible without the encouragement and support we receive from the political, business sector and general public in Kerry. This concert will be a highlight and a celebration of the voluntary work, community service and musical excellence that exists here in Kerry. “

Tickets are priced at €18 for adults and €12 for children/OAP and are available from the INEC Box Office, band members, Brothers of Charity Office 7 Countess Road Killarney, St. Francis Special School Beaufort, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine office in Kenmare and at the door on the night of the concert.

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