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GRADUATION DAY: St Brendan’s College Leaving Certificate student James O’Sullivan (Irish U19 Basketballer) on his graduation day in St Brendan’s College Killarney pictured with Sean Coffey (Principal). Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

By Michelle Crean

After six years of great friendships and learning it was time for the Sixth Year students in St Brendan’s College to say farewell to school life forever last week.

However, as with many other similar ceremonies in keeping with the public health guidance this year graduation day on Tuesday (May 18) had a very different feel.

And, to make it personal for the students, this year’s event involved a re-thinking of the process of marking the culmination of their school journey.

Senior Student Council, the RE Department and the Music Department consulted extensively with the Sixth Year students and together created a new template to mark graduation day.

The boys organised a range of activities in celebration of the completion of their time with an outdoor soccer league, followed by a table quiz and a student awards ceremony.

Mass was celebrated by College Chaplain, Father Jim Lenihan in the Chapel and broadcast to the Sixth Year students in their classrooms.

Principal Sean Coffey and Year Head Ed O’Neill presented each student with a pack which included the past student’s tie which serves to bond the Sixth Years as a class group and symbolises their link to St Brendan’s. From the Chapel, Head Boys Cillian Hickey and Mark Sheahan, reminisced on their six years at the college.

St Brendan’s College Leaving Certificate students Thomas and Seamus Connelly, Sean O’Sullivan and Conor Dennehy at their graduation day at St Brendan’s College Killarney. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin


“Both of their teachers served to reinforce the brilliant experiences these students have had in their time in St Brendan’s,” Principal Sean Coffey said. “Their speeches also reminded us of how the pandemic has limited so much of school life this year.”

Following the speeches students enjoyed an afternoon barbeque in the glorious May sunshine where photographs were taken and memories shared among students and teachers of their time together.

These were then added to the school App to share with parents who this year couldn’t be present for such a momentous occasion in their son’s life.

St Brendan’s College Leaving Certificate students Adam McSweeney, Adam O’Connor, Oisin Moran, Ian Walsh (back) Mark McGlynn, Seamus Connelly, Dominic Stuikys and Aaron O’Sullivan at their graduation day at St Brendan’s College Killarney. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

“We know that your sons would have loved to have had you present at the event. We would like to thank the class of 2021 for their contribution to St Brendan’s throughout their time here and wish them well as they approach their Leaving Certificate examinations and the next exciting stage in their lives. As a school we are extremely proud of this group, their achievement and their potential.”

St Brendan’s College Leaving Certificate students Michael O’Meara, Naoise Daly (back), George Griffin, Caleb Russell and Oisin Walsh at their graduation day at St Brendan’s College Killarney. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin
St Brendan’s College Leaving Certificate students Naoise Daly, Lee Ward Wright (centre), Jack Linehan, Darren Counihan, Patrick Buckley, David Foley (back) Cian O’Sullivan, David Nee and George Griffin at their graduation day at St Brendan’s College. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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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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