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David’s visit a highlight of the school year!

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By Michelle Crean

Staff and pupils were delighted to welcome a special guest to their school earlier this week and the appearance coincided with a visit of little ducklings!

VISIT: David Clifford with Emily and Ronan O’Connor and their ducklings as Community Games Gold medalist Eoin Foley plays music (left) during a visit to Kilcummin NS earlier this week.

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Kilcummin NS were thrilled to welcome Senior Kerry footballer David Clifford and the Fossa man was kept on his toes, and looked very comfortable holding David the Duckling!

David congratulated all of our Community Games participants and county winners, Eoin Foley from Fourth Class wo got a gold medal for music, First Class pupil Mia Lynch O’Doherty who got a bronze medal for art, and Junior Infant Fionn O’Donoghue who received a silver medal for art. David was also delighted to finally meet Fionn, who drew a picture for him late last year!

"Eoin Foley treated the school to an outdoor concert," Principal Gillian Sheehan told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Eoin’s classmate Daragh Keane, Peter Keane’s nephew, led his class as they sang 'Amhrán na bhFiann' to mark David’s visit and the successes of our students. We were delighted to be able to celebrate these magnificent wins with the Kerry superstar! David had a very busy schedule as he presented medals to our Junior Infants who held their Sports Day at Kilcummin GAA pitch last Friday. A huge thanks to David for being so generous with his time. It was one of the highlights of our school year!"

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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