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€600k extension progressing at The Mon

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EXPANSION: Building works have resumed at The Mon on New Road which will include a Special Needs Unit and new school hall. Pictured are Principal Colm O Súilleabháin and Deputy Principal Mary Brosnan. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Michelle Crean

A brand new €600,000 extension is well underway at one local school and is set to give staff and pupils even bigger and better facilities.

The works, which will include a Special Needs Unit with a sensory room, an ASP classroom, and a new hall in The Mon on New Road, began just before lockdown but works were delayed due to the sudden school closures earlier this year. Now it's hoped that it will be ready for an official opening in the New Year.

With 190 pupils from second to sixth class, school principal Colm O Súilleabháin says they are all looking forward to moving into the new building.

"We have two special classes, one which caters for pupils with two or more diagnosed with learning difficulties, and the second is an ASP class for children on the spectrum," he told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The unit will combine both classes and the multi sensory room. We're also building a new general practice hall as the one we had was not fit for purpose. The old hall you couldn't fit everybody in at one time and Christmas concerts were tight for space. The new hall will be double the size of the one we had and will be fantastic."

He said it was disappointing to see the project delayed due to the COVID closure in mid-March but he was delighted to see the workers back on site before school resumed.

"The work started the week before the lockdown so it was tools down for a while but it's great to see the work progressing. We're looking forward to the New Year when it's complete."

And the work won't be stopping there as school staff are planning to set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to create a fun and colourful space outside for the pupils.

Although still in the planning phase, Deputy Principal Mary Brosnan said they will be posting a fundraising page online in the coming weeks.

"We will be setting up a GoFundMe page asking people for a minimum of €5. We also want to set up an Instagram page for the unit. We're hoping to raise approximately €30,000 to help fund a child friendly soft play area and make the outside nice and colourful."

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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