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“Ireland has to learn from Italy’s mistakes” – says Killarney woman quarantined in Italy

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ON LOCK DOWN: Rebecca Mulcahy from Woodlawn Park pictured with her Italian boyfriend Edoardo Coppola is on "lock down" in the south of Italy this week.

By Michelle Crean

A young Killarney woman who is this week on strict lock down as Italy comes to terms with the rapid spread of COVID-19 has said that “Ireland has to learn from Italy’s mistakes”. 

Rebecca Mulcahy (28) from Woodlawn Park, who has been living in Puglia since September, says she can’t leave her home without ID and faces long queues for shops as only one person is allowed in at a time – with everyone advised to stand one metre apart.

“It’s very surreal,” Rebecca, a trained primary school teacher, told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).

“It was sprung upon us. In the north of Italy they are much more prepared. The Prime Minister announced that this is an intense quarantine for two weeks and then they’ll review it, but I’d say it’ll be longer somehow.”

Rebecca, who is living with her boyfriend’s family in the south of Italy, can’t work as a teacher in Italy at present as she’s not fluent in the language but is working within schools doing EU funded projects. However, with the schools closed until April 3, she’s unable to work doing this as they are not set up for online education. 

“Unfortunately they have chosen not to. I won’t get paid until my projects resume.”

She added that there’s hefty fines if people are found out in groups together as they’re told to go out alone.

“We can go out for a walk or cycle but alone,” she said. “However, you have to bring your passport or some other form of identification and a form saying why and where you are going. If you go out in groups and don’t obey the rules there’s a hefty fine.”

And she added that where she is the weather is brilliant which is making things easier.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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