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THIS time last year Kerry and Rathmore GAA legend Aidan O'Mahony was perfecting his moves ahead of his winning turn on RTE's Dancing with the Stars. But this December he was dancing with superstars on home ground when he was guest of honour at the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club annual black-tie ball in The Malton Hotel.

They sure know how to party so it comes as no surprise that the club members' 12th annual gala celebration was an epic success.

Kerry Stars athlete Emma Dolan was MC along with broadcaster Brendan Fuller who was introduced to the gathering by another athlete, Martina McCarthy.

Popular band Arklight ensured the dancing continued until late.

Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club has over 100 athletes and provides a number of activities including a leadership programme.

Basketball will be added to its portfolio in the New Year, in conjunction with the Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney club.
 


 
Above: Linda O'Mahony, Aidan O'Mahony, and Marion and Tony McCarthy. Pic: Eamonn Keogh

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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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