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From the Hills of Antrim to the Kingdom of Kerry

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Last Tuesday evening, Bushmills in Antrim (Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery dating back to 1608) paid a visit to the Kingdom. At the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Global Brand Ambassador Séamus Lowry conducted a Bushmills 10-year-old deconstruction as well as a tasting of some of their highly sought after premium expressions. The evening commenced with a welcome tipple of their latest release, Bushmills Red Bush, which would whet the appetite for what would follow.

Whiskey novices and enthusiasts were then introduced to Bushmills New Make Spirit at a jaw-dropping 83.4% which was then followed by a Bushmills 10-year-old deconstruction - from a 5-year-old bourbon whiskey to a 10-year-old sherry, this undoubtedly illustrated the broad range of flavour and complexity in the 10-year-old single malt. It was no surprise that the 16-year-old and 21-year-old Bushmills were the highlights of the evening, with both expressions becoming exceedingly rare and known for their distinct fruity character.

Next on the bar's calendar is a whiskey barrel-aged beer tasting with Joe Kearns from White Hag Brewing and our very own Alan O’Donovan on Thursday, March 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets are €10 and are available at Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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