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Debut novel published by Arbutus Grove resident

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By Michelle Crean

Learning to write again after a life-changing accident some years ago has helped one local resident publish her first ever children's book.

Felicia Thomas, who is originally from Kent but living in Arbustus Grove for the past 30 years, is thrilled to have her book 'Miss Polly and the Crocodile' set in the magical land of Loopaloo, printed and now in local bookshops.

The artist and author put pen to paper to not only write, but also illustrate the book, as part of her rehabilitation after a life-changing accident in 2013.

It tells the story of a grumpy king, a very spoilt princess, Miss Polly and a crocodile, a shy little girl, good friends and a bully, and it's aimed at ages five to eight year-olds.

The characters are faced with very relatable problems, but find that being nice to others and a little magic can save the day.

"I lost my fingers in an accident some years ago," Felicia told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I wrote the book as a way to exercise my hand and then I put it away for years."

It was when she was asked to illustrate a book for someone else earlier this year that she thought of her own again and sent it to a publisher, and they loved it!

"They came back and said they loved it straight away. I'm very excited about it."

Now published with illustrations by Felicia herself, the book is available in Eason Killarney, Woulfes in Listowel, Crystal Cave in Killorglin, Kanturk Bookshop, Puccinis in Kenmare and from her website www.feliciathomas.ie for €8.99.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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