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Heart-warming project for nursing home residents

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HEART-WARMING: Pupils from Second and Third class Loreto National School have written letters to some of the residents of St Columbanus Community Hospital.

By Michelle Crean

Not only were they practising their writing skills with their latest project but Loreto pupils are about to bring joy to the older members of the community whilst also recording history! Pupils from Second and Third class in Scoil Bhríde, Loreto National School were busy during last week writing letters to some of the residents of St Columbanus Community Hospital, Killarney.

The class, led by their teacher Pádraig O’Sullivan acknowledged the effect that the COVID-19 restrictions were having on the residents and decided that this would be a nice way for a little bit of happiness to be brought to their day.

Some 32 letters along with questionnaires based on school long ago, made their way to the community hospital where they were kept in quarantine for a number of days, school principal Brian O'Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser.

"They were then distributed to some of the residents who were thrilled to receive them. The questionnaires will form part of a history project and will be enclosed in a time capsule to be opened on Christmas week 2050! The boys and girls were delighted to be involved in this lovely project and they really benefited from the development of their letter writing skills."

All other classes in the school are also working hard to create beautiful pieces of Christmas art and producing a musical performance which can be viewed by the residents online, he added. "These will be gifted to the residents and staff in the coming week. A huge thanks to all the staff in St Columbanus Community Hospital for making this project possible. The school will also be taking part in the 'Christmas Together Campaign' led by local Gardaí. A no uniform day was held on Friday and all money raised will be used to buy Christmas gifts for the residents of local nursing homes."

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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