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Not only was it local school he visited this week but also his own drama school as guest of honour.

That's right, Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender was in town and The West End House School of Arts founder enjoyed ‘An Evening with Colm Bairéad’ the award winning writer and director of Irish language blockbuster ‘An Cailín Ciúin’. Fassbender is on a pre-Christmas trip home from Portugal where he now lives with his partner and son and visited Fossa NS and St Oliver’s NS before attending the event with Bairéad at West End House. “We’re very passionate about creating a community for people to explore their own creative process, so having Colm here last weekend was very special in launching doing just that. Colm’s work is inspiring on a global scale, but particularly here in Ireland, and we were very honoured to welcome him to West End House to speak to our students about his beautiful film ‘An Cailín Ciúin’,” Creative Director of West End House School of Arts, Jessica Courtney Leen, said. The school is a thriving centre of creativity in Killarney with Curriculum Classes, After School Classes and Adult Evening Classes in Acting and Writing. “In such a short time the West End School of Arts has made an enormous contribution in the Killarney area by facilitating all ages to engage and get involved with every aspect of stage and screenwriting and performance. "It was a privilege for me to attend the special evening with Colm Bairéad and hear him tease out the process of adopting Claire Keegan's novella ‘Foster’ for the big screen in his award-winning Irish language film. "I was thrilled to meet and tell Colm in person - Beir bua le do scannáin An Cailín Ciúin i Hollywood ag Óiche na hOscair,” said Sean O’ Luanigh who is a student in the West End House Writing for Screen course.

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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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