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Fantastic fun French experience for primary pupils

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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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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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