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John Moriarty retires from Kilcummin Rural Development Scheme




Kilcummin Rural Development Group is bidding a fond but sad farewell to its long serving scheme supervisor, John Moriarty.

RETIREMENT:Kilcummin Rural Development Group meet to mark John Moriarty's retirement

John is retiring following 26 years of very valuable service to the Kilcummin and surrounding community, and to the scheme participants in particular.

The group had a small gathering in their project office to recognise John’s huge contribution. At the gathering, he was presented with some gifts and had a chance to celebrate with some of the current and past sub-sponsors, and participants of the scheme.

Kilcummin CE scheme was initiated in 1993 in response to the EU Leader 11 Programme.
Their objective is to maximise the potential of our own resources and to provide job training and opportunities for the unemployed in our area, to improve our environment and provide quality essential services to Sporting, Social and Cultural Organisations in Kilcummin and the greater Killarney area.

Helen Moynihan who will take over the role of scheme supervisor on John`s retirement said: “I certainly have big boots to fill, as John was very hard working, effective, liked and respected by all, but it is a challenge I am relishing. I had the great fortune of working with John in his capacity as scheme supervisor and I can testify to how much he will be missed amongst everyone involved in the scheme.”

During its 29 year history Kilcummin Rural Development Ltd has worked with 12 sub-sponsors who provide valuable work experience and guidance for many participants, over the years many have gone on to progress back into gainful employment in their preferred area.
John Lenihan, Chairperson of Kilcummin Rural Development Group said that John’s experience over the last 26 years was invaluable. His interaction with both the department of Social Protection and the local sub sponsors was beneficial to the CE Scheme and was the key to the overall success. John Lenihan wished John, his wife Mary and his family all the best for the future.
“Even outside his role of CE scheme supervisor, John is very active in the local community, and we are sure to see him remaining as a very valuable and permanent member of our community for many years into the future,” said Mr Lenihan.

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Top awards for innovative students

By Michelle Crean Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards. The five […]




By Michelle Crean

Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards.

The five members of ‘Operation Red’ in St Brigid’s Secondary School were celebrating this week after receiving a national Bronze Award for their project which is raising awareness about the lack of knowledge surrounding menstrual disorders. Their goal is to encourage open discussion on these issues, so no woman ever feels alone. The team will receive a prize bursary of €750, which can be put towards developing their idea and increasing the impact of their innovation.

Young Social Innovators is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of youth. Its vision is to empower, equip and inspire young people to change the world for good. The girls’ project was one of 34 shortlisted from over 400 YSI groups around Ireland.

“As part of our project we’re in the process of developing resources for the SPHE classes in our school,” Transition Year student Anna Cashman told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’ll try it here as a pilot project and branch out to other schools.”

She added that plans so far include educating students by putting an information booklet together using HSE and NHS advice.

“It’s important to have the right information as it’s a very under researched issue. We have had a positive response to it.”

Cait Fitzgerald Healy from YSI arrived to the school as a surprise to the group and presented the girls with their trophy towards the end of the online ceremony. There was huge excitement all round! Teacher and mentor Catherine O’Donoghue also received the ‘Let them Shine’ award for her involvement with YSI over the last five years.


Picking up the ‘Make Our World Safer Award’, a team from St Brendan’s College was recognised for its ‘One Punch Can Kill’ project, which aims to combat toxic masculinity and raise awareness amongst young men of the seriousness of ‘one punch attacks’.

When researching the issue, the team found that many perpetrators rarely reoffend and the percentage of male-on-male violence in society is extremely high. The group examined the route cause of the issue, which stems from a variety of factors, and wanted to raise awareness that spontaneous and random ‘one punch attacks’ can have serious and life-changing consequences.

Amongst its many actions, the team embarked on media outreach, designed and delivered student workshops, created a poster campaign, held an Anti Violence Week and is currently working on a children’s book in an effort to promote the important message that ‘One Punch Can Kill’.

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Pres footballers are in seventh heaven



The St Brigid’s Presentation Second Year footballers were crowned County Junior B champions on Friday last following a superb seven-goal victory over Mercy Mounthawk Tralee in the Ballymac sunshine.

The girls hit the ground running, bagging two quick goals from the boots of Lily O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Cantillon.

The Pres defence was solid and dogged throughout and managed to keep Mounthawk from breaching their goal for the duration. Abby Cronin scored three goals and a point to torment the oppostion and Niamh Cantillon scored a second goal plus a point to keep the Killarney school well in front.

Further scores from Muireann Healy and a final goal from Lara O’Neill gave us a final score of 7-4 to 0-11.

It was an excellent performance from the entire team, including the substitutes who all played their part. Captain Eve Culhane proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team, and St Brigid’s, at the end of the game and joyous celebrations followed.

Congratulations to all the players and to their trainers: Mr Counihan, Ms Healy and Ms Brosnan.


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