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Jingle bells all the way as shoppers make tracks for Killarney Outlet Centre

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There is always a huge attendance at the annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre every year. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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WE ALL know that feeling of mild panic and general anxiety as the countdown to Christmas begins in earnest. This year you can relax completely as the best ever Christmas Craft and Food Fair comes to the main mall downstairs at Killarney Outlet Centre on Sunday, November 27, from 12 to 6pm.

As part of the Christmas in Killarney Festival, this well-established craft and food fair offers a wide and eclectic range of quality local arts, crafts and food products.

Christmas shoppers can shop early and avoid the usual last minute rush for presents, with truly unique and special Christmas gifts all under the one roof.
Prepare to be mesmerised by the sheer quality and craftsmanship of the many beautiful items on display. Everything is handmade from natural materials and bears the distinctive mark of the eye and hand of their creator, be it weaving, cheese, a piece of pottery or woodcarving, candles or chocolates!

A selection of quality local food producers will be tempting passers-by with their unique delicious products and offering you the chance to rediscover the joys of the fresh quality foods still being produced in Kerry with such care and dedication. Shoppers won’t be able to resist the smell of fresh waffles, the allure of jams, preserves and pates or the taste of traditional home baking. For the sweet of tooth, there are sumptuous handmade chocolates, fudge, and Christmas confections.

There is bound to be something to suit all tastes and pockets, with such a wide variety of quality handmade Irish crafts for sale, from crochet and knitting, ceramics and glassware to original paintings, old Kerry photographs, handmade Christmas cards and ornaments. Those seeking distinctive creations will be thrilled with the range of day and costume jewellery on display as well as hats, bags, scarves, clothes and accessories.

As well as the uniqueness and beauty that makes hand-crafted designs such a thoughtful gift, shoppers can rest easy in the knowledge that they are actively supporting local artists, craftspeople and food producers in their creative endeavours, buying directly from the producer at a much reduced price!

With free entry and ample car parking nearby, why not solve all your Christmas shopping headaches in one fell swoop on Sunday, November 27, at the Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre from 12pm to 6pm.
 


 
Pictured above: There is always a huge attendance at the annual Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Killarney Outlet Centre every year.
PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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