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Farmer’s health the focus of new school project

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By Michelle Crean

Highlighting the physical health of farmers has helped two local students to get the next round of a national competition.

St Brigid's Transition Year students, Ciara O'Donoghue and Isabel Waters, have qualified for the interview stage of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.

This competition showcases the innovative ideas from young agricultural enthusiasts, with a chance of winning five Angus calves to rear themselves.

Ciara and Isabel submitted a video application highlighting the physical health of farmers and its importance in the agricultural industry. It was then chosen from a large volume of entries to take them to the interview stage in the University of Limerick at the end of January.

"We chose to enter the competition as we are both from farming backgrounds and have seen the negative effects that some aspects of farming has on a farmer’s physical health," Ciara told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We saw this competition as an opportunity to raise awareness about this topic. We chose the topic of physical health as we believe it is often overlooked and farmers are relying too much on machinery. This is massively effecting their physical health."
 
Isabel added that they hope to spread awareness about this topic while also developing their skills and knowledge.

"We would like to enhance the physical health of farmers with our project and contribute valuable research to the agricultural industry," she said.
 
Teacher Claudia O'Donoghue said that "it is brilliant to see how eager and determined the girls are to make a change within the industry".

"They have highlighted a very important aspect of farming that is often ignored. The girls are working very hard to finalise their ideas and prepare for the next interview stage. It is great to see interest growing in girls and agriculture and I have no doubt that Ciara and Isabel will promote the area in a fantastic light." 

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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