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Education Minister impressed during Killarney Community College visit

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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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