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INTERNATIONAL DAY: Children in Gaelscoil Faithleann, pictured with Wilson da Silva, celebrated International Day in school on Friday last.

 

By Michelle Crean

Cultures from 19 different countries were celebrated in one local school on Friday as part of their first ever International Day.

Organised by the Parents Council of Gaelscoil Faithleann, the idea was to recognise and celebrate the many cultures represented in the school.

There was a wonderful African drumming display for the pupils, food from countries from all over the world and stories from many of the parents present, Chair of the Parents Council, Mary Carroll, explained.

“Often in Gaelscoileanna we might not realise there is a large diversity of cultures represented,” Mary said.

“We have counted 19 different countries amongst our parent community, from Mauritius to Zimbabwe to Portugal and Chile. Our inaugural International Day was full of colour, fun and learning, with flags, food, music and Brazilian martial art! Parents came in to each class to talk about their culture - we had parents from Nigeria, Latvia, New Zealand, USA, Chile, India, Portugal, Poland and the Philippines. The children loved to hear facts about these countries and to realise all the diversity in the school.”

There was a wonderful African drumming display for the pupils and a big thank you to Wilson da Silva of Killarney Movement and Fitness Club for his fabulous display of the Brazilian martial art, Capoeira - which left the children enthralled, she added.

“Food from Pakistan, Iraq, the Philippines, amongst others was on display for tasting. We are very grateful to KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Network, for their support with our day. We plan to have this as an annual event from now on and its importance in recognising other cultures and making children aware of the value of diversity is significant.  It is a fabulous opportunity for children to meet directly with people from other countries and to hear first-hand what it is like to live there.”

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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