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“It’s a victory for common sense” – Sean Coffey, Principal St Brendan’s College

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By Michelle Crean 

When news began to filter through about the move, Principal of St Brendan's College, Sean Coffey, said there was "an air of incredulity about it".

With 25 Ukrainian students in the school, four of them resident in the Hotel Killarney, he said that they felt they had to act on their behalf.

"We were in contact with the local councillors and local TDs, and politicians get a bad airing a lot of the time but all the politicians in this community saw the importance of community, saw how these families had integrated."

He said that the Ukrainian families have very much integrated into the local community.

"Their kids go to schools, the adults meet other adults at school events and outside the school gates and they become more quickly integrated and we'd encourage the lads to get involved in the clubs and societies in school, to get involved in the whole life of the school, to join basketball, join football or soccer or volleyball which is their big thing, and then there were just being summarily moved and it was utterly, utterly anti-community," Sean told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The staff were gutted. We have some staff who were working very closely with them and they were outraged."

He added that when he was informed that the decision was reversed he immediately made an announcement on the intercom.

"There was a huge cheer down the corridors which is lovely and it was genuine. We're delighted. It's a victory for common sense. I also hope it stabilises Ukrainian families all over the country that they're not going to be moved around the place, not just here in Killarney, not just here in this hotel, but they can link into communities and not feel that 'tomorrow we'll be shifted so why should we bother'. They've enough uncertainty in their lives."

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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