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There was an abundance of talent as nine clubs took part in the East Kerry Scór na bPaistí on Sunday.

Solo Music winner Owen Foley Kilcummin.

Kilcummin were the Stage Presentation winners.

Solo Music 3rd place Kealan Gleeson Gneeveguilla.

Set Dancing winners were Kilcummin. Pictured were: Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Anne Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) and Mike O'Mahony.

Instrumental music winners Glenflesk including Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Anne Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) and Mike O'Mahony.

Set Dancing 3rd place Spa. PIctured were: Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Anne Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) and Mike O'Mahony.

Recitation winner Aoibhinn Creedon Rathmore with Anne Holland Karena McCarthy Mike O'Mahony and Gary O'Halloran.

Instrumental Music 3rd place Killarney Legion including Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Anne Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) and Mike O'Mahony.

Figure Dancing winners Dr Crokes including Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Anne Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) Mike O'Mahony.

Ballad group winners Dr. Crokes including Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Ann Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) Mike O'Mahony.

Instrumental music 2nd place Kilcummin including Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Anne Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) Mike O'Mahony.

Figure Dancing 2nd place Rathmore including Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Ann Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) Mike O'Mahoney.

Recitation 3rd place Lauren O'Sullivan (Spa) with Mike O'Mahony Karena McCarthy Anne Holland Gary O'Halloran.

Set Dancing 2nd place Killarney Legion. Pictured were: Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Anne Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) and Mike O'Mahony.

Solo Music 2nd place Olivia Angland Glenflesk.

Solo Singing winner Clodagh O'Sullivan Spa with Gary O'Halloran Sean Kelly Anne Holland Karena McCarthy (Credit Union sponsor) and Mike O'Mahony.

Solo singing 2nd place Olivia Angland Glenflesk.

Solo singing 3rd place Allie Casey Dr. Crokes.

Stage Presentation 2nd place Listry.

The event took place in Fossa Community Hall beginning at 3pm with a huge crowd in attendance.

Clubs included Dr. Crokes, Gneeveguilla, Legion, Fossa, Rathmore, Glenflesk, Kilcummin, Spa and Listry and this year's event saw the addition of two new disciplines; solo music and solo dance.

The day began with Solo Dance followed by Recitation, then Solo Music, Solo Singing, Ballad, Leiriú, Figure, Music and Set Dancing.

And the standard was once again very high in East Kerry, Anne Holland, East Kerry Scór Officer, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It was great to see such wonderful talent coming through on the cultural side of the GAA," she said.

She added a thank you to Bill Mangan of Fossa Community Centre for setting up along with Celine and Chloe O'Sullivan, Dermot Coffey on the door collecting money and soundman Sean O Laoithe, photographer Seamus Healy, judges Frances Healy (recitation and Leiriu), Marie Sheehan (dancing), Rachel O'Connor (Song and Music) and Orla Clifford for solo dance.

"Each of these ladies are very talented in their fields and did an excellent job. Thanks to our Club Scór Ófficers who worked very hard behind the scenes and helped out on the day: Eileen Aherne, Rachel Foley, Celine O'Sullivan, Alison O'Sullivan, Caroline Cox, Maria O'Leary, Aoife O'Mahony, Eileen Hartnett and Cathal Collins and Michael Aherne.

First place advances to the County Semi-Final on April 14 at 7pm in CYMS Hall, Killorglin.

"Huge thanks to the coaches/mentors/parents also. Fear An Tí was Matt O'Neill, Chairman of Dr. Crokes, was outstanding and kept the show on schedule. No stranger to Scór as a competitor and is a class act in the seanachaí department. Fellow East Kerry officers, Acting Chairman, Garry O'Halloran and Assistant PRO Michael O'Mahony, were invaluable and helped throughout the competition on the day.

"Former President of the GAA, Sean Kelly, made a flying visit to Fossa to witness the extremely, talented, primary school children performing on stage.

The event is not possible without the wonderful sponsors, she added.

"Killarney Credit Union Marketing Officer Karena McCarth, was in attendance to present the trophies to all the exceptional competitors."

Results from Killarney/Kenmare/Caherciveen Credit Union Scor na bPaisti.

Solo Dance:
1: Grace O'Sullivan (Rathmore LGFA)
2: Roisin McAuliffe (Rathmore GAA)
3. Laura Cronin (Rathmore Hurling)

Recitation:
1: Aoibhinn Creedon ((Rathmore LGFA)
2. Cathal Cronin (Rathmore GAA)
3. Lauren O'Sullivan (Spa)

Solo Music
1. Owen Foley (Kilcummin)
2. Olivia Angland (Glenflesk GAA)
3. Kealan Gleeson (Glenflesk GAA)

Solo Singing
1. Clodagh O'Sullivan (Spa)
2. Olivia Angland (Glenflesk)
3. Allie Casey (Dr. Crokes)

Ballad
1. Dr. Crokes

Figure Dancing:
1. Dr. Crokes GAA
2. Rathmore GAA

Leiriù
1. Kilcummin GAA Club
2. Listry GAA

Music
1. Glenflesk
2. Kilcummin
3. Listry

Set Dancing
1. Kilcummin
2. Legion
3. Spa

Overall Club
Kilcummin: Awarded to Scór Officer Maria O'Leary

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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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