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Farm robotics a highlight of Sunday’s tractor show

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By Sean Moriarty

The manager of one of the first beef farms in Europe to go fully robotic will share some of her secrets at an event this weekend.

ROBOTIC: Aine Sweeney who manages Glen South Farm with the Lely Vector Robot that automatically feeds the farm’s herd 24 hours a day.

SHOW TIME: Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club members are preparing for Sunday's Tractor Show at Killarney Racecourse.

Tomies-resident Aine Sweeney is the manager of South Glen Farm near Banteer in Cork.

She is one of the guest speakers at the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club’s tractor show at Killarney Racecourse on Sunday.

South Glen is owned by Frank and Theresa Murphy from Killarney.

Theresa’s late father Gerry ran the farm as a dairy concern but the Murphy family wanted to streamline the operation so they could concentrate on other business interests.

In 2014 they introduced a Lely Vector automated feeding system to the now dry-stock farm. It was the first feeding robot to be introduced to a beef unit in Europe although Lely technology was already popular in dairy farms.

The robot allows manager Aine to spend more time on the operation and administrative side of the farm instead of the previous two times a day feeding regime.

“The robot does three things. It measures the amount of feed available, it delivers feed to areas once it knows feed is running low and pushes food back close to a wall to where the cattle will eat it,” she explained.

The robot operates 24/7 and Aine can manage it all from an App on her phone.

Other guest speakers at Sunday’s event include Michael Hoey who owns the biggest collection of vintage farm machinery in Ireland.

Tralee-based farmer Tommy Moynihan will explain how to overcome a farm accident and Aeneas Horan, of event sponsor Buckley Agri, will be on hand to describe the latest in New Holland tractors and ambulances.

All proceeds will be donated to CRITICAL - The Emergency Medical Response Charity, and gates open to the public at 11am.

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Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]

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The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]

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Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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