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First Kerry College Open Day in Killarney a success

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The first Open Week at the Killarney branch of Kerry College was deemed a success by event organisers.

Open Week 2024 welcomed over 2000 students, career changers, and jobseekers across its five campus locations in Listowel, Clash Road, Killorglin and Monavalley last week.

For the first time SINCE the Killarney Admissions Office opened its doors, visitors connected with the admissions team, current learners, teachers, instructors, the apprenticeship team, the Business Support Unit, representatives from the colleges’s Pathways Programmes, and many more.

They came to find out about the suite of full-time and part-time courses available in Killarney.
Furthermore, they found out about transport, childcare, and financial supports available to help them access their Kerry College journey to success.

“We were delighted to host our first open day in Killarney and would like to thank anyone who called in on the day. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase all we have on offer in Killarney for 2024. We have some exciting full and part-time courses in the pipeline and hope to continue to grow our offerings over time,” said Ella O’ Donoghue, Admissions Officer.
“The Admissions Office in Killarney is open Monday to Friday and we would urge anyone who is unsure of their next step to pop in and have a chat with us; this could be school leavers, parents, guardians, career changers. No appointment is necessary! We are here to answer queries about any of our courses or apprenticeships, but we will also do our best to help direct you to services or resources that you may need to make the journey back to education easy and accessible for you.”

An additional 2500 prospective learners attended the many events hosted across the week, including the Further Options Event, Information Evening, Kerry College of Beauty Open Evening, Apprenticeship Open Evening and Guest Speakers Event.

For those interested in Kerry College's Part-Time and Full-Time Courses and Apprenticeships, more information is available at www.kerrycollege.ie or by contacting the Admissions Team at 066 714 96 96 or 064 6622593.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch

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At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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