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Golden moment for The Brehon’s green team

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Holding the gold medal award from GreenHospitality.ie is Brian Bowler, general manager, The Brehon, with from left, Sean Hughes, Sinead MCarthy, Fiona Collins, Chad Byrne, Noreen Lyne, Ann O'Leary, Danielle Delaney and Tara Doolan. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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KILLARNEY'S very own green army at The Brehon took a well-deserved bow on home turf as the hotel has been awarded a gold medal from GreenHospitality.ie for its dedication to protecting the environment.

GreenHospitality.ie grants its awards to businesses that reduce energy and waste costs and implement eco-friendly policies on an ongoing basis. The gold award is the mark of best practice in environmentally responsible tourism. Only businesses that have implemented an environmental management programme that is designed to reduce their energy, water and waste footprint and emissions, whilst maintaining their quality of service achieve this award.

“The team at The Brehon is fully committed to this smart approach and have made substantial reductions in their energy and water consumptions and reduced the amount of waste going to landfill,” said Maurice J Bergin, Managing Director of GreenHospitality.ie.

“They engage fully with their guests and are always looking to make further improvements as they have embedded this culture within their team.”
The Brehon operates a series of environmental practices across the hotel with the intention of securing a greener future. Both the staff members and hotel guests are encouraged to actively reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint through a series of everyday practices. Waste, be it refuse, water or energy, is monitored in the hotel, with major emphasis on the principle reduce, reuse, recycle. For example, each department has an energy checklist to do on each shift and staff have been trained on items such as waste segregation.

“The Brehon’s green team, led by Sinead McCarthy and Tara Dolan, have worked tirelessly over the past year to improve upon and execute our environmental management system which has already significantly reduced the hotel’s carbon footprint,” says Brian Bowler, general manager, The Brehon.
“Every team member in every department contributed to improving our practices around recycling, energy consumption and communication both internally and to our customers and we look forward to making further improvements.”
 


 
Holding the gold medal award from GreenHospitality.ie is Brian Bowler, general manager, The Brehon, with from left, Sean Hughes, Sinead MCarthy, Fiona Collins, Chad Byrne, Noreen Lyne, Ann O'Leary, Danielle Delaney and Tara Doolan. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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