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There was a sense of celebration and gratitude in the air among Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra staff recently to mark the retirements of four teachers.

FAREWELL: Four teachers from Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra celebrated their retirement with colleagues in the Great Southern Killarney recently. From left: Maria Hanrahan (Deputy Principal) Margaret Dennehy Mary O'Connor Carmel O'Keeffe Mary Woods and Denis Kerins (Principal). Photo: Tony O'Brien

Margaret Dennehy, Carmel O'Keeffe, Mary Woods and Mary O'Connor attended the celebratory meal and evening with their husbands along with a huge number of staff members, past and present.

The event which was held in the Great Southern Killarney gave teaching colleagues and friends the opportunity to share stories and memories of the retirees and wish them well as they move onto the next phase of their lives away from the classroom.

All four former teachers had initially started in St Mary’s Secondary School in Rathmore before joining Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra when the amalgamation occurred in 1998.

Margaret Dennehy, who taught Music and English had spent her entire career in Rathmore and special mention was made of her musical contribution to all school events over the years.

Carmel O'Keeffe taught French and Irish for many years and instilled a passion and grá for languages in all of her students. Mary O'Connor was a key figure of the Science Department where she taught Junior Cycle Science and Biology as well as providing staff and students with lots of delicious home-baking over the years.

Mary Woods, an enthusiastic Home Economics teacher for many years, was a driving force behind the success of the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) in the school with a particular passion for developing an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills in her students.

“While their presence is missed in SPSL, we wish each of our colleagues health and happiness in their retirement,” Princial, Denis Kerins, said.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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