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Kerry College is opening its doors to everyone – including school tours, parents/guardians and walk-ins - to show off their state-of-the-art facilities. 

It's all part of the Kerry College of Further Education and Training Open Week event which takes place from Tuesday to Thursday March 22 to 24, offering the public the opportunity to explore its campus locations in Clash Road, Monavalley, Tralee and Listowel.

Kerry College Killorglin Campus, who specialise in Outdoor Education & Training, will be onsite in the Monavalley Campus for the three days to provide an opportunity to explore how a career in the great outdoors might be for you!

It is an ideal chance for parents, school leavers, job seekers, career changers, those who wish to re-skill or up-skill, and guidance professionals to see the range of full-time and part-time courses for employment, college progression, professional development, and apprenticeships on offer.

Come along to explore state-of-the-art facilities meet with teachers, instructors, students, apprentices, employers, guidance counsellors and admissions officers who will be on hand to answer any of your questions. Learn about courses, progression opportunities, application information, learner information, learner supports and more – both further education and employment.

The events planned for Open Week include tours, activities, demonstrations, presentations and prize draws. Kerry College is proudly hosting the Ireland Skills National Final for Mechanical, Automation & Maintenance Fitting Apprenticeship at the Monavalley Campus on March 23 and 24 where you can drop by and check out the apprentices in action.

Guided tours of the campus locations will be held. School tour and group bookings can be made by contacting the Admissions Office at 066 714 96 96 or emailing: openweek@kerrycollege.ie.

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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