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Education Minister impressed during Killarney Community College visit




Students and staff opened the school doors wide and warmly welcomed Education Minister Norma Foley in to Killarney Community College on Friday.

DONATIONS: Wiktoria Grzesiak shows Minister for Education Norma Foley the items Killarney Community College collected for the people of Ukraine. Pictured from l-r were: Wiktoria Grzesiak Minister Norma Foley Chairperson at KCC Marie Moloney and Vice Principal Eilish O'Leary. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

CLASS TIME: No surprise that English was a classroom to visit at Killarney Community College by the Minister for Education Norma Foley where she was inspired by many student performances and gifted with a poem. From l-r were: Vice Principal Eilish O'Leary student Aoibhinn McCrank Minister Norma Foley English Teacher Brian O'Reilly and Chairperson Marie Moloney. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

WELCOME: Vice Principal Eilish O'Leary and Chairperson Marie Moloney welcome Minister Norma Foley to Killarney Community College on Friday afternoon. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

GIFT: Minister Foley is gifted a hand crafted pen at Killarney Community College. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

WORK IN PROGRESS: Minister Norma Foley is intrigued to know the final result of Leaving Cert student Emma Aherne's 'floor lamp' wood work project at Killarney Community College. Eager to see the finale Minister Foley asks Emma to tweet the finished floor lamp on completion. Pictured from l-r were: Vice Principal Eilish O'Leary Chairperson Marie Moloney Minister Norma Foley and Leaving Cert Student Emma Aherne. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

On arrival the Minister was greeted by management and a group of students from different year groups who presented her with a bunch of spring daffodils and a custom made engraved wooden pen. She was then treated to a song, 'An Irish Blessing' from the school choir accompanied by Ms Hughes on piano.

The Minister then moved down to the English room where she met with mainly Second Year students.

Students asked the Minister questions about her favourite texts which she taught in school and tips about how to get into reading.

Three students read self-penned stories, poems and a reading of the poem 'Begin', written by Kerry poet Brendan Kennelly which celebrates human resilience and hope in such uncertain times.

Once again she was gracious with her time and praised the students for their efforts. She received a copy of the poem 'Begin' and was encouraged to stick it up on the fridge in the Dáil!

The Minister then met with one of Ireland's only school Fishing Club’s and the students were surprised about her knowledge and level of interest she showed in the subject.

The schools TYs showcased all the great work they have being doing in creating sensory books for St Francis Special School in Beaufort and the students were very grateful for all the Minister's positive feedback.

A quick trip to the art room and a check in on a live construction studies class finished her tour of the school. She left the school in a haze of spring sunshine accompanied by music from the schools trad group.

“It was lovely that the Minister acknowledged all the hard work being done by both students and staff," Principal Stella Loughnane said. 

"She was extremely generous with her time and kind words about our school community.”

Third year student Aoibhinn McCrank said that she "never thought" she’d read for the Minister of Education. 

"She was so nice afterwards, it was like talking to one of my teachers. Her level of knowledge about English was very impressive and she gave us some very useful tips going forward.”

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Jessie Buckley to perform live on RTE this Friday 22nd September



This Culture Night, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will present an hour-long live music and arts programme from Dún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht at 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.  

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley has been added to the list of stellar musicians who will perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the night. Jessie will perform a special rendition of a Sinéad O’Connor song in tribute to the late artist. 

Jessie commented: “I am very honoured to return to Culture Night 2023 to remember Sinéad O Connor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sinéad was such a huge influence on so many women in Ireland and across the world, her courage, her mind, her politics and her intense beauty and soul. She was a warrior to humanity. I remember hearing her for the first time and feeling her uncompromising need to connect and affect. Recognising what couldn’t be said and speaking it out loud. I am so grateful for all her fire and all her love. It is such a privilege to return to Ireland for RTÉ Culture Night in Donegal to sing a song of gratitude for Sinéad and her family and friends.” 

Other artists performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra include The Murder Capital, R&B singer and 2FM Rising star Aby Coulibaly and Irish-based Ukrainian musician Olesya Zdorovetska.  

Friday 22nd September, 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player 

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N22 Killarney to Faranfore road further delayed

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again. Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project […]




The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021. These have now been whittled down to just one.

It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late last year.

This dragged on in to the Spring and there is still no sigh of the preferred route being revealed.

A recent Kerry County Council meeting a council official explained that there are further funding requirements to allow the council complete various reports and investigations required before the road can move to its next phase.

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