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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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Help reduce the appearance of cellulite  

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help us look and feel better about it.

Yes, people often assume it’s down to a weight issue but it is associated with diet and exercise. It can affect all ages, male and female. There are many ways to help reduce and eliminate it.

Nothing can substitute for eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. Just as with other signs of ageing, cellulite is best managed first and foremost by focusing on maintaining a healthy weight long term. But certain topical treatments may help it become less noticeable and improve skin’s overall appearance, if used regularly. Dry body brushing is one technique to try by brushing upwards every day towards the heart for increased blood circulation.

Using anti-cellulite products can help if you are doing regular exercise and watching your diet, but if you feel you need a boost to get you headed in the right direction, there is a few different salon treatments that can be of benefit.

The Universal Contour Body Wrap is a great treatment which results in inch loss due to the detoxing effect of the sea clay or also the Electro Cellulite Massage rollers (ECM) by CACI Machine, which is a 12-session course over four weeks, this is recommended for desired results.

Pilates is always an amazing lifestyle choice. Having the toning tables for the past 30 years in Killarney, we are lucky to hear the amazing results from our clients past and present. Some have even been with us since we started! The male and female reviews have reported reduced cellulite with weekly appointments, improved posture, increased energy and mostly reduced cellulite.

To book an appointment or to find out more information, call 064 6632966. 

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Car dealers are now hubs for Ukrainian donations

Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine. Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages […]




Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine.

Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages that have signed up for the project.

Under the scheme, the garages will be used as collection hubs for essential equipment that will be transported to the war torn country.

“We have a very large and loyal customer base and we are appealing through them to make donations,” Adam’s of Tralee General Manager, Marcus O’Shea, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Any dealer could have signed up for this but we are one of only two in Kerry to do so.”

The garages, following advice from humanitarian agencies in Ukraine, have created a very specific list of what is urgently needed out there.

These include generators, solar battery chargers, batteries, power banks, flashlights, drones and tablets.

Medical equipment like First Aid kits (NATO standard) and other medical items are also sought.

People can assist by either dropping goods to the two garages or by making a donation via


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