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Gaelscoil celebrates a big birthday

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By Michelle Crean

Lockdown scuppered their 30th birthday celebrations in 2020 so instead one local school decided to mark the occasion in style last week.

All pupils and staff from Gaelscoil Faithleann Killarney gathered in the school hall where a beautiful cake was cut by youngest pupil Aurelia Ní Shúilleabháin and oldest Sophia Sharma.

All the kids came together in the hall for the first time in two years.

During the week the kids were treated to quizzes, art competitions and storytime as Gaeilge as the celebration coincided with Seachtain na Gaeilge.

"We were supposed to have the school's birthday two years ago on March 12," Deputy Principal Lisa Ní Iarlaithe told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We decided to celebrate on the 32 birthday and we incorporated Seachtain na Gaeilge into it too. We had a table quiz for the older kids and the younger kids.

"We had an art competition on seanfhocal from Second to Sixth Class and the prizes were Easons vouchers and Easter eggs."

The Junior Senior Infants and First classes were read a "Scéal as Gaeilge" and they had to draw their favourite part of the story with winners presented with prizes and their art hung on the school walls.

"Every child got a bun and dance teacher Triona Mangan did a Céilí with Junior Infants up to the second classes separately."

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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