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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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By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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