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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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