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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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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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