BIG-HEARTED Headford teenager Hannah Sherry has just returned from the journey of a lifetime during which she helped make a major difference to the lives of young people in Africa.
Hannah’s school, Repton in Derbyshire, has forged close links with the Dreamland School in Ghana and the Kerry teenager was one of eight fifth-year students from Repton travelling to Dreamland for two weeks in July.
Hannah and her fellow students spent the fortnight helping improve conditions for their counterparts in Dreamland.
“When we first arrived, despite having some idea about what it would be like, seeing the packed roads, crazy drivers, and women and children dodging in and out between cars trying to sell all sorts of weird and wonderful things was something I couldn’t have prepared myself for,” said Hannah.
“However, if that was a shock, it was just something else when we arrived at the school for the first day and the whole school came sprinting over to crowd around our bus, making it impossible to get off or walk around without at least five children hanging off you at all times!”
Hannah helped with teaching, cultural sharing and hands-on building and painting projects.
A talented pianist and cellist, the Kerry teen also hosted music workshops for the children. “We had the chance to teach children ranging in age from 7 to 14, and in classes twice as big as normal, but despite this, the children were so eager to learn whatever we had to offer, from hangman in Spanish to jumping up and down in Biology that at one school, they asked me if it was okay for them to stay on after school had finished to complete the booklet!” said Hannah.
“One of the most heart-warming things was giving groups of children playing on the sides of the roads, new footballs which they were delighted with and so thankful for.”
Money raised at Repton has gone towards building new blocks at the school as well as its café and library and purchasing schoolbooks for the students. “For them, education was the most important thing and they felt so lucky to even be able to go to school, taking nothing for granted and appreciating all the help we were able to offer them. This included resources for their library, sports tops for each of Dreamland’s four houses, and for other schools in the area, lots of books which the children were so excited to receive,” said Hannah.
Dreamland’s school population has grown from six children to over 600 since it was established over a decade ago. “The money raised also enabled us to bring over these resources which are going to be such a help to both the staff and students in the schools we visited and their appreciation and the knowledge that they will benefit so much from what we would think of as so little is an incredible thing,” said Hannah.
“Thank you to everyone who donated or helped in raising money for this trip as without it; we wouldn’t have been able to do as much for the children in Ghana as we did, and they, and I, are so grateful.”
Hannah Sherry pictured with students in Ghana.
Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.
It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.
Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.
As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.
“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.
Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.
Golf club launches Summer Series competition
By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]
By Sean Moriarty
Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.
The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.
Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.
“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”
Investigation continues into New St fire
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.
The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).
It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.
The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.
“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”
News2 weeks ago
“Don’t shut Main Street” plead town retailers
News3 weeks ago
It’s showtime: Omniplex Killarney announces July opening plan
News1 week ago
The buzz is back in town as pubs and restaurants reopen
News4 years ago
Sportif to unlock Kerry’s potential as must-visit cycling destination
Sport4 weeks ago
The foreign game: How soccer took roots in Killarney
Sport2 weeks ago
Eamonn Fitzgerald: Keane should know 11 of his 15 starters