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Kerry Way App gets European Recognition

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EU RECOGNITION: Moya Doherty, Gerry Kiely (Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland), John O’Connor (Béaloideas Chairraí), Julie Burgess (Springboard Opportunities), Prof. John Nolan (Waterford IT) and Senan Cooke (Dunhill Ecopark).
 
 
The Kerry Way Folklore and Heritage App has been recognised at a European level through its inclusion in a new publication highlighting projects in Ireland that have benefited from EU funding over the last 46 years.
 
The Kerry Way App is one of 25 stories to feature in the ‘What’s the Story – 25 stories about Ireland and Europe’ publication, launched by Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, at an event in the Dáil last week.
 
The App, which was developed by Bealoideas Chiarraí – Kerry Folklore, provides walkers along the route with the folklore and heritage of the region that they can listen too via the App. It is free to download and was funded through the RDP LEADER programme, operated through South Kerry Development Partnership CLG with financial support from Kerry Group. The initiative was also supported by Kerry County Council and the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, with previous support through INTERREG.
 
Speaking at the launch the Ceann Comhairle said that the publication “contains rich personal stories of the real ways that European cooperation opens the door to economic opportunity and cultural enrichment, both for Irish people and for our fellow Europeans wishing to strengthen ties with Ireland”.
 
Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, said that one of the greatest stories to be told today is that of Ireland’s relationship with Europe.
 
“It’s a tale that has lasted over four decades, and one that will continue to unfold for many future generations. The real story of the European Union and Ireland however can be found in the stories that unfold quietly and without fuss in the communities, businesses, farms, schools and universities around the country.”
 
Bealoideas Chiarraí – Kerry Folklore Chairperson, Johnny O’Connor, who attended the event, said that he hopes the recognition of the App through publications such as this will help ensure many more visitors become aware of it and enjoy it as they walk the route.
 
“We have collected so much material around points of interest along the route as well as undertaking interviews with people who live in these areas that can give visitors a unique insight into what life was and is like in this remote part of Kerry,” Johnny said. “The excellent thing is that it is available in six different languages so it is totally European in nature.”
 
 
 
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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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