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Get ready for battle at Credit Union Schools Quiz!

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SCHOOLS QUIZ: Pupils Harry Bolger, Shane O’Sullivan, Aoibhinn Kelly and Donnchadh Daly from Lissivigeen National School who were joint 3rd in last year’s Credit Union Schools Quiz final pictured with Gerry Thompson, President, Irish League of Credit Unions.

 

Killarney Credit Union is encouraging children and schools in the South Kerry area to get fighting fit to claim victory in the 29th annual Credit Union Schools Quiz.

Each year around 25,000 schoolchildren take part in the quiz nationally and it culminates in a fiercely fought national final at the RDS, Dublin.

The quiz begins with a knock-out stage at local level, organised by Killarney Credit Union to take place at INEC, Gleneagle Hotel on February 2. There will be some fantastic prizes for the winning teams-of-four, who will also progress to the regional knockout stage in early late February or early March.

The winning teams from this stage will then make it through to the grand final in April. All teams will have their eye on the prize with a total of €4,000 up for grabs for the overall winning schools.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for schools in the South Kerry area to nurture a culture of partnership among students, and we would really encourage all schools to get registered for the 2020 event,” Karena McCarthy, Youth Officer, Killarney Credit Union said.

“A core focus of this event for children is to gain experience at teamwork to help equip them with the skills necessary for successful teamwork in the future.

“In the past few years, we have seen schools from South Kerry progress to national level and we hope that again this year we will see this happen. In 2019, Lissivigeen National School came in joint 3rd in the U13 age category. They beat off stiff competition at the grand final in the RDS.”

Registration for the 2020 Schools Quiz is now open and primary schools in the South Kerry area will be sent a registration pack in the coming week with application details. If your school has not received an application form and is interested in applying, please contact Karena on 064-66331344 or k.mccarthy@killarneycu.ie.

Students interested in brushing up on their knowledge this year can avail of a new online interactive quiz on www.creditunion.ie.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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