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Killarney on a winner with extra race day

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KILLARNEY Races has backed a winner in its campaign to extend the racing season at the local track.

It has been confirmed that another day of top quality racing has been approved for 2018 and the flagship July festival is to be extended to a five-day event, commencing on Sunday, July 15.

Securing the additional day of racing had been one of the main priorities set by the new Chairman of Killarney Race Company, Gerard Coughlan, who has been anxious to build on the success of the existing four-day festival that had been attracting record attendances.

“We had been striving for a fifth day of racing in July and the fact that it has been approved is fantastic news for Killarney,” Mr Coughlan remarked.

The newly appointed chairman said the races contribute enormously to Killarney’s economy with the three festivals in May, July and August, as they stand already, ensuring 80 races over a total of 11 days which will now extend to 12.

“The conservative estimate is that the races are worth in the region of €6.2 million to Killarney with an additional €1.42 million in prizemoney and that is now set to increase with the extra day approved,” Mr Coughlan said.
 


 
Above: Killarney Race Company Chairman, Gerard Coughlan (second from left) and Secretary Con O’Mahony (far right) making the presentation to the winning connections of the Killarney Welcomes feature in Bordeaux, France.

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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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