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Fossa’s new furry friend is helping pupils

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By Michelle Crean

The latest addition to join school life in Fossa NS is a new furry friend which is having a positive influence on childrens' lives.

Zazu, a shepadoodle, is now 17-weeks-old and the therapy dog was introduced to the school this term by teacher Bríd Kissane.

And what a calming influence she's had so far, according to Bríd, who signed up to the My Canine Companion during the summer after advocate Deirdre Horgan paid a visit to the school looking for families for the charity's socialisation programme.

"Deirdre did visits to all the schools in Killarney before the summer," Bríd told the Killarney Advertiser.

"She was looking for families to do socialisation programmes and initially I thought I was doing it for four to five weeks. Then the opportunity came to bring her in to the school during the July Provision programme. It went really well and we got the green light just before we came back."

Zazu is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle. Deirdre's dog Fifi is her mother and in May she had 10 puppies all named with the letter 'z'. Three of the litter are based in schools with Zoro in CBS in Tralee and Zumer in St Bridget's Killarney.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils with Autism but to all in the school.

"In the short space of time we've had her we've seen massive benefits. She's there in the morning to greet the children and it promotes a positive environment just by having her in the school. It's fabulous to watch the children have different conversations with her and it's lovely to watch the relationship unfold. It aids communication skills and it's a non-judgemental conversation."

She said Zazu also helps pupils who may be feeling nervous and helps teach responsibility as they learn to care for her.

During the daytime as pupils participate in class Zazu is beside them watching on or having a snooze. She attends training in Cork once a month and when she's a year and a half will have to go there for four months intensive training to be fully qualified.

"She loves kids. She gets so excited when she sees and hears their voices. We've explained the rules that she's a working dog when she has her green jacket on."

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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