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By Michelle Crean

Photos: Eamonn Keogh

After the excitement of taking part in Thursday's St Patrick's Day Parade - especially since the last one was in 2019 - it was time to present the prizes to a number of local groups.

BEST MARCHING GROUP: Teresa Irwin and Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney present The Peter Irwin Memorial Perpetual Award for Best Marching Group/Cultural Arts to Anne Nagle and Noel Lucey Killarney Order of Malta. Standing from left are: Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) Clodagh Irwin Owens Emir Irwin O'Shea Ciara Irwin Foley and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

THEME AWARD: Mike and Donie Courtney present the Michael Courtney Memorial Perpetual award for Best Interpretation of Theme to Eugene Bowler Raheen National School. Also included are: Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night.

BEST SPORTING ENTRY: Sinead O'Connor Mike Morrissey Mackenzie Leahy and Maria Murphy Kilcummin GAA Club winners of the John Killer O'Callaghan Memorial award for Best Sporting Entry with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council).

BEST ACTIVITY GROUP: Bernadette Randles Marie Murphy Killarney Athletic FC Best Activity Group award Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council) Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney Mike O'Shea and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

MOST ORIGINAL ENTRY: Emma and Doireann O'Connor Chloe and Luke Nott Fossa GAA Club Most Original Entry Award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night. Standing from left are: Tom O'Connor Gemma and Eric Nott and Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce).

MOST STYLISH: Kamile Lyne and Milandi Basel The Great Southern Killarney winners of the Most Stylish Entry Award with Bernadette Randles Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council).

IMAGINATIVE: Katie Gleeson Kathleen Murphy and Maire Murphy Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group Imaginative award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prize-giving function on Tuesday night.

BEST WINDOW DISPLAY: Eileen Casey and Kathleen Lyne Bricin Restaurant and Craft Shop Best Window Display with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

BEST GREENING: St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council) accepting the Best Greened Building Award for ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce).

BEST OVERALL ENTRY: Anne O'Keeffe presents the Sean O'Keeffe Memorial Perpetual award for Best Overall Entry to Katie Gleeson and Maire Murphy Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group. Standing from left are: Bernadette Randles Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) Kathleen Murphy Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council) Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

BEST SPORTS CLUB: Mike Morrissey Mackenzie Leahy and Maria Murphy Kilcummin GAA Club winners of Best Sports Club award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry at the parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night.

BEST MUSICAL ENTRY: Michael McCarthy Millstreet Pipe Band Best Musical Entry Award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night.

BEST NEW ENTRY: Derry Joy and Tim O'Donoghue Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company Best New Entry award with Cllr Niall Kelleher (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) and Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney at the parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel on Tuesday night.

BEST VOLUNTARY GROUP: Katie Gleeson and Maire Murphy Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group Best Voluntary Group award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney Brian Teahan (Kerry County Council) and St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

BEST SCHOOL: Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney and Bernadette Randles with representatives from Raheen National School Best School award.

MOST ENTERTAINING: Caoimhe O'Neill and Katie May Jeal Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading and Gymnastics Club Most Entertaining Award with Cllr Marie Moloney Mayor of Killarney St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry.

There were some very happy faces when they learned that their entry had received an award last night (Tuesday) at the parade prize-giving function in The International Hotel as St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairman Paul Sherry, Cllr Marie Moloney, Mayor of Killarney, and Cllr Niall Kelleher, who is President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, made the presentations.

WINNERS

Anne O'Keeffe presented the Sean O'Keeffe Memorial Perpetual award for Best Overall Entry to Katie Gleeson and Maire Murphy, Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group. The group also received the Most Imaginative award.

The Fiona Crowley Stage School were the winners of the Best Children’s Group.

Mike Morrissey, Mackenzie Leahy and Maria Murphy from Kilcummin GAA Club, were delighted the club was named winner of Best Sports Club award. The club also received the John Killer O'Callaghan Memorial award for Best Sporting Entry.

Millstreet Pipe Band won Best Musical Entry award.

Derry Joy and Tim O'Donoghue from Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company were thrilled to get the Best New Entry award, while Katie Gleeson and Maire Murphy from Kerry Stars Special Olympics Group were smiling when they got the Best Voluntary Group award.

Best School went to Raheen National School, Most Entertaining award to Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading and Gymnastics Club, Killarney Athletic FC got the Best Activity Group award, Most Original Entry award was given to Fossa GAA Club, Most Stylish Entry was The Great Southern Killarney, and Best Window Display went to Bricín Restaurant and Craft Shop.

Other awards included Best Greening Building with Brian Teahan from Kerry County Council accepting it for ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre.

Teresa Irwin and Cllr Marie Moloney, Mayor of Killarney, presented The Peter Irwin Memorial Perpetual award for Best Marching Group/Cultural Arts to Anne Nagle and Noel Lucey from the Killarney Order of Malta.

Mike and Donie Courtney presented the Michael Courtney Memorial Perpetual award for Best Interpretation of Theme to Eugene Bowler, Raheen National School.

 

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Wildflowers are not always simple to grow

By Debby Looney, gardening expert There is nothing quite like the low, humming sound of insects in the garden. I always find the different pitches of the buzzing fascinating, from […]

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There is nothing quite like the low, humming sound of insects in the garden. I always find the different pitches of the buzzing fascinating, from the drone of a big, furry bumble bee to the high pitched whirring of hoverflies.

And wasps always seem to have a dangerous sound – it is unique to them, in any case. It is possible to help pollinators into your garden at almost any time of the year, solitary bees such as bumbles and leafcutter bees, will come out of hibernation on a sunny December day if there are some heather flowers nearby. tulips, hyacinths, crocus and snowdrops provide sustenance in early spring, along with shrubs such as hamamelis, daphne, viburnum and willow. In April, the small flowers of the field maple attract many insects, as do the large trumpet shaped flowers of rhododendrons and azaleas. Wildflowers are now beginning to bloom, and they are the subject of today’s column!

While it seems counterintuitive, wildflowers are not always simple to grow, especially as we mean ‘pretty meadow blooms’ as opposed to ‘weeds’! Creating an area for wildflowers takes some preparation. Most important is that it is a weed free area. Kill off any grass or weeds before sowing, either by using conventional weedkillers, or by laying down a sheet of black polythene or weed suppressant. Make sure any seeds which germinate are removed also, and that problematic plants such as rushes, are dug out. Most importantly, ensure all grass is gone, as wildflowers do not compete well against its vigorous growth. Rake the top layer of the soil loose to a fine tilth, and do not add fertiliser! Wildflowers will generally not do well in a rich soil. When your area is ready, decide which seeds are best for your spot. There is much to choose from, for example, single varieties such as ragged Robin, teasels and poppies, or mixtures. There are seed mixes for perennial meadows, ones which attract birds – these usually have a high volume of seed bearing flowers, mixes for bees, ladybirds or certain colour mixes. There are also soil specific mixes.

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Sow your seeds thinly and evenly onto the prepared ground. I tend to cover with netting at this time of year, because, although it is the best time of year to sow, and there is a very high germination rate, birds are also a problem!

The only maintenance really is to keep an eye on slug damage – I scatter in a few pellets when I sow anything – and if there are very dense clumps of seedlings forming, thin them out. When the flowers have gone to seed in the autumn, just cut them to ground level, leave the cuttings a few days for the seeds to drop out, and rake the foliage up. If left to rot in situ, it will make the soil too fertile for a good display the following year.

I mention the use of slug pellets. To the best of my knowledge, the use of metaldehyde poison in slug pellets has been banned for a few years now, and pellets are made of ferric phosphate which is not harmful to pets or birds unless ingested in very large amounts. However, there are some ingredients used in slug pellets which may potentially cause damage to earthworms and other soil dwellers, so please, always use sparingly and where possible, not at all!

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors As you approach the countdown to the beginning of the Junior and Leaving Cert Exams on June 8, it […]

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

As you approach the countdown to the beginning of the Junior and Leaving Cert Exams on June 8, it is very important to maintain a healthy balance so that you can pace yourself properly.

It can be tempting to try to pack in long hours of last minute study at this stage and become more focused on what you don’t know instead of what you do! Stress is a normal part of facing exams and in fact a certain amount of it is helpful to ensure that it mobilises you to perform well, but it is essential that you keep it, and the exams, in perspective. After many years of supporting students before, during and after exams, I know too well how overwhelming the experience can be so I urge you to do everything you can to look after your well-being at this stage.

Before the exams

Stick to a good routine with a healthy balance in terms of revision, rest, fresh air, sleep and diet. Don’t be tempted to work late at night as it is usually unproductive and impacts on your concentration the following day. Approach your last minute revision in a targeted way with the guidance you have been given by your teachers. Have a schedule with your exam dates/times highlighted hanging up where it is obvious and visible at home and take a photo to save on your phone.

During the exams

Set two alarms for the mornings of exams and allow lots of extra time. You will need to be in your assigned seat in the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam on day one and 15 minutes before all other exams. Hydration is really important during the exams to help with concentration so make sure you have plenty of water. The first thing to do when you look at the paper is to read the instructions carefully, your teacher will have gone through these many times with you. Mark all the questions you are going to do and write out a quick time plan for yourself. Focus on exactly what you are being asked; the most common feedback from examiners is that students give a lot of irrelevant information so keep glancing back at the question to keep yourself on task to target the marks.

Breathing

If you feel you are becoming really anxious in the exam hall, focus on controlling your breath to bring a sense of calm. Breathe in through your nose for two seconds, hold your breath for one second, and breathe out through your mouth for four seconds. Repeat for one minute.

After the exam

Try to avoid too much discussion after each paper, ‘post-mortems’ of the exams are rarely helpful and can add to stress levels so once each exam is done, take a break and then move on to preparing for the next one. I can tell you that regardless of what happens in each exam, you will have lots of options available to you and an interesting journey ahead.

Keep in mind that while the Leaving Cert is an important exam and big milestone, it will not define you for the rest of your life. Best of luck to the class of 2022!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant. For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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