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Crokes plant the seed for a new green project

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GREEN FINGERS: David Byrne, Knockeenduff with his sons John and David getting ready to plant their seeds.

COMMITTEE: Dr Crokes’ Health and Well-being committee members Sinéad Sugrue, Bridgefield with her two sons Dara and Gearóid, Risteárd Clancy, Micheál Fitzgerald, and Éamonn Fitzgerald.

LAUNCH: Mike Moloney, Ross Rd, Dr Crokes’ full-back at the launch with his sons Hugh and Shay.

By Michelle Crean
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Dr Crokes have launched a new initiative for the members of the Saturday Morning Academy - and it's set to grow beyond their wildest expectations.

 

As part of the Dr Crokes Health and Well-being committee, the 'Grow it Forward' project was launched by club chairman Matt O’Neill.

The project has twin objectives; The young girls and boys will learn how to grow their own vegetables from seed on their own windowsill, or in a sunny back garden spot, then follow through to planting and to full growth, ready for eating, and they'll also learn to recycle and re-use plastic containers etc., that families get in their weekly grocery shopping.

Free starter kits including seeds for lettuce, carrots, beetroot, peas, tomatoes and greens were distributed at the launch.

[caption id="attachment_37413" align="alignleft" width="346"] GREEN FINGERS: David Byrne, Knockeenduff with his sons John and David getting ready to plant their seeds.[/caption]

Everything supplied is free and no previous gardening experience is necessary as full instructions and help from club members and keen gardeners, who will mentor the youngsters, will be available.

Those involved in the project include Niall Keogh, Micheál Fitzgerald, Gene O'Doherty, Sinéad O’Mara, Risteárd Clancy, and Eamonn Fitzgerald.

“I am delighted to see Dr Crokes' Healthy Club group engaging with our younger members in this way," Club Chairman Matt O’Neill said.

"It is fantastic for young people to learn and see for themselves the cycle of growth from seed to plant and on to something we can eat. There is nothing like eating something you've grown from seed yourself. We may have to open a Farmer's Market next year.”

Parent David Byrne added that they moved into a new house in Knockeenduff recently and that this project couldn’t have come at a better time for his two boys, John (6) and David (4).

"They were so enthusiastic when they got the starter kits that they were up early on the morning after the launch and tackled an old broken down section of the back garden, cleaned it up and made a raised bed. They found the 'Grow it Forward' video very helpful and easy to follow. This is a great community project by Dr Crokes for young players and it is great that they can call on experienced gardeners in the club, who will advise and encourage them on their new journey and it will be a journey from seed to table. Well done Dr Crokes.”

If anyone wasn’t able to attend the launch and wishes to join up they can contact Eamonn Fitzgerald at the Academy on Saturday morning.

[caption id="attachment_37415" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] COMMITTEE: Dr Crokes’ Health and Well-being committee members Sinéad Sugrue, Bridgefield with her two sons Dara and Gearóid, Risteárd Clancy, Micheál Fitzgerald, and Éamonn Fitzgerald.[/caption]

 

 

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Killarney co-drivers to the fore at this weekend

Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship. The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness. On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin. O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian […]

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Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship.

The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness.
On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin.

O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian Pryce, is the current leader of the series while Galvin, who reads pacenotes for fellow Killarney and District Motor Club member, West Cork’s Keith Cronin, is eighth after missing the opening round.

“The element of darkness certainly brings an additional challenge to all the crews, especially since most of us will not have done any night stages for some time, the most recent I did was in 2017 on the Ulster Rally,” Cronin noted.

The route layout reads like an extract from the itinerary of the World Championship counting RAC Rally of the 1980s, featuring familiar locations such as Dalby, Gale Rigg and Langdale, and it will be the Dalby Forest test that opens the competition shortly after 8pm tonight.

Meanwhile, Irish rallying returned last Sunday after the pandemic-enforced lay-off with the ‘Munster Car Club’s Cork 20’.

London-based Listry co-driver Shane Buckley was the best of the local entrants, guiding Daniel Cronin, Keith’s brother, to fifth overall.

Ger Conway and his driver Stephen Wright were just two places and 8.9 seconds behind in another Ford Fiesta RC2. It was Conway’s first taste of a RC2 car since he and Rob Duggan finished second overall on the 2018 Donegal International Rally.

“There is a taste of more after this,” said Ger after a trouble-free day.
Damien Fleming came close to making it four local co-drivers in the top 10. He and his driver Stephen McCann were 11th, just 16.6 off the leader board. They said it took a while to get used to the bumpy Irish tar after a recent trip to the Tour of Flanders in Belgium.

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Education Minister officially opens The Mon’s new classrooms

A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education. Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room […]

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A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education.

Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room and a general-purpose hall.

The project, which was funded by Department of Education along with money raised by the school as part of their ‘THE MON-ster Fundraiser’, was just one of three officially opened new additions to the school along with a special dedication of the school’s hall in honour of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a past pupil of the school from 1909-1914.

Also, The Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, officially opened a three-classroom extension at the school’s present site which was opened in 1958 having moved from its College Street location which was opened in 1838 by the Presentation Brothers.

Former Supreme Court Judge Hugh O’Flaherty and Mrs Pearl Dineen the nephew and niece of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty officiated over the dedicating of the school’s new hall to past pupil, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, in recognition of his heroic deeds during WWII.

O’Flaherty, who also taught at the school later, became better known for the role he played in World War II while at the Vatican leading over 6,500 prisoners of war, partisans and Jews to freedom to earn him the title of the ‘Vatican Pimpernel’, leading to the 1983 film ‘The Scarlet and the Black’ with Gregory Peck portraying the role of O’Flaherty.

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

A special outdoor classroom ‘Dotts Garden’, dedicated to the memory of Dorothy (Dott) Hennggler the 2011 Washington DC Rose who died at the family home in Baltimore from a brain tumour, was officially opened by Anne O’Shea (aunt of the late Dorothy), and Àine McMahon (cousin of the late Dorothy and BOM member). The outdoor classroom was beautifully decorated over the summer by artist Katríona Lynch.

Due to COVID restrictions, the main event took place outdoors with staff joined by a small group of pupils selected from each of the classes representing the student body along with members of the school’s Board of Management.

“Your achievements have been remarkable over the last number of months,” Minister of Education, Norma Foley, said today at the official opening.

“It is my wish going forward that the next year in education will be less complicated, less trying and less difficult one. I think school staff are deserving of that. We can put the COVID atmosphere behind us and we are moving positively along. We hope that in a few months we will talk about living in a post-COVID time. The story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty speaks of the calibre of students produced here, but it also speaks of the courage and bravery and vision that Kerry people can have in the most difficult and trying of times.”

School principal Colm Ó Suilleabháin, who is shortly moving on to St Oliver’s NS in Ballycasheen, was delighted to be in attendance to see the building come to fruition.

“It’s a fantastic culmination of hard work by the staff and the Board of Management, and we are delighted to see the school is fully equipped and resourced for the next generation of pupils from Killarney and beyond,” he said.

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