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€500,000 Killarney winner comes forward

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LOTTO WINNER: Staff Lyndsey Morgan, Ciaran Culloty (Manager) and Stacey Barrett from Centra The Rock celebrating after selling a €500,000 Euromillions ticket. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Michelle Crean

 

A lucky EuroMillions Plus winner - who bagged €500,000 in Tuesday night’s €190 million Euromillions draw - has made contact with Lotto HQ to collect their winnings.

The ecstatic winner, who bought their Quick Pick ticket in the Centra Store on the Rock Road on Monday, rang the Dublin office first thing yesterday morning (Thursday), Lotto HQ confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

In total there were three winners of the Plus top prize of €500,000. The other two tickets were sold in Dublin and Meath.

Staff at the Killarney shop were celebrating on Tuesday when news reached them that they sold a winning ticket. And it’s not the first time that the Centra shop sold a winner as its sister shop across the road, Centra at The Reeks Gateway, sold a ticket for the same amount just 14 months ago, explained Store Manager Ciaran Culloty.

“We have two shops and we sold a ticket at The Reeks for the same amount last year,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It’s amazing that both shops had a winner for the same amount.”

And he said when news reached them on Tuesday – they got extremely excited as at first they thought their own staff syndicate had won the cash.

“First thing I did after we got a call from the Lotto rep was check our own ticket – but no luck!”

And he added customers are streaming in the door congratulating them on their news this week.

“All day everyone has been coming in asking who won and also congratulating us. We wish the winner all the best and hope they enjoy it.”

Tonight’s Euromillions draw is yet again €190m, draw closes at 7.30pm.

 

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Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]

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The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]

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Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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