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Emotional first meeting for local granny

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FIRST MEETING: Bridie McGrath meeting her new granddaughter Chloe for the first time through the window due to physical distancing restrictions as Chloe's big brother Joshua looks on.

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By Michelle Crean

Their emotional first meeting was one which will go down in the family’s history book as one Killarney grandmother met her newborn granddaughter for the very first time through a glass window yesterday (Thursday).

Bridie McGrath from Ardshanavooley, is thrilled with the latest edition to the McGrath family – but it was also a surreal moment which she’ll never forget – as they had no physical contact due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Baby Chloe McGrath was born at 12.30pm on Saturday last to proud parents Maxine and John McGrath in Cork University Hospital.

However, due to the new restrictions over the pandemic, Bridie’s son John, who works in Liebherr, was only allowed be near his wife as the birth drew closer, and had to wait until Monday to see her and his child again when taking them home. Restrictions meant that big brother Joshua (4) saw his little sister for the first time in the car.

“When we landed at 2.30am on Friday night they only let Maxine in with her bags and I had to go wait in the car for a call,” John from Pinewood Estate told the Killarney Advertiser. “I was left in at 4am and Chloe was born at 12.30pm the next day.”

Maxine said that it was worrying being inside the hospital with the escalating health crisis.

“It was very lonely, but the nurses were very good to be fair. I was in a room with two other beds but they were empty. I was left to my own devices really. They are washing their hands constantly. It was hard for John, he had no time to bond with her as he had to wait to see her again on Monday.”

Bridie added that it was wonderful to see Joshua next to his baby sister for the first time, but wished it could have been face to face.

"It was beautiful to see her. What can you do? It's just safer to do it this way."

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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