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Fantastic fun French experience for primary pupils




By Michelle Crean

Learning all about French life was a fun day at school for primary school children last week.

Mike Finnegan's fourth class with Hélène Olivier-Courtney

Mrs Murphy's class with SNA Elaine Cronin on the left Mrs Murphy on the right.

Third Class with French teacher Hélène Olivier-Courtney class teacher and Deputy Principal Mrs Rosemary Moynihan and SNA Kathleen Moran enjoying the recent French day.

Third to Sixth Class pupils in Fossa National School celebrated the end of this year's French module organised by Post Primary Language Ireland (PPLI) 'Say Yes to Languages', an eight week programme that aims at promoting languages and cultural diversity in Irish primary schools. This is the school’s second year running the module.

"On the day, children dressed as bakers, artists, footballers, mimes, fashionistas or just in their own clothes as French pupils don't wear a uniform," Hélène Olivier-Courtney from French For All, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The course was about celebrating eight weeks of learning not only French but about the French and Francophone culture and the appreciation of languages in general in our multicultural society."

Last year’s six-week module was extended to eight weeks, she explained.

"The added two weeks have allowed children not only to learn more French but also to engage in a reflexion about diversity and the benefits of learning languages on a community and personal level and we can only hope that it will be extended again next year!

The success of the initiative relies on an all-school approach and the active involvement of class teachers, SNA and management, she added.

"The whole staff in Fossa certainly helped make this new journey a special and enjoyable experience for the children!"

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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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