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Dancing all the way to the Late Late Toy Show

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The Spa set dancers.

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TALENTED troupes of Killarney dancers will be stepping it out on the Late Late Toy Show this year. Eighteen dancers from the Sheehan Murphy School of Dance and the under-15 set dancers from Spa will take centre stage on the show on December 2.

The youngsters from the Sheehan Murphy School of Dance, coached by Norrie Sheehan, Aine Murphy and Mary O’Mahony, are aged between six and sixteen. They will be performing a step-dance piece choreographed especially for them and which they debuted as entertainment at Norrie’s son’s Pat Sheehan and his bride Joanne Murphy’s wedding.

Meanwhile, Spa’s super set dancers will be performing a set on the toy show also. There was great excitement last night in Spa GAA Clubhouse when dance teachers Triona and Mairead Mangan told their All-Ireland under-15 mixed set, that RTÉ invited them to the hugely popular toy show.
“Noreen O’Sullivan, one of the parents of the dancers (Cian), sent in a video of the team with the permission of the dance coaches to RTÉ Late Late Toy Show auditions,” said spokeswoman Anne Holland. “They were delighted when they made the initial cut after thousand of kids all over Ireland auditioned.”

The dancers, coaches and parents travelled to the Imperial Hotel in Cork on October 24 and met Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy.
They danced and were interviewed by the RTÉ staff. Yesterday the Killarney dance troupes received the welcome news that they had made the cut. “They were informed that they must travel to Dublin on the 20th and 27th of November to meet with the Choreographer. Then on 1st and 2nd December they will have rehearsals for the live show in Donnybrook,” said Anne. “To say that the roof wasn’t nearly lifted with excitement in Spa is an understatement, when the dancers found out they made the cut.”

Big congratulations to the Sheehan Murphy School of Dance and the Mangan School of Dancing.
 


 
Above: The Spa set dancers and coaches.

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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