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Killarney remembers brave and beautiful Amy O’Connor

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The town of Killarney is in mourning following the sad passing of brave local girl Amy O’Connor. She was just 11 years of age.

Amy, who had been battling cancer since 2016, passed away peacefully at her Whitebridge Manor home last weekend, a year after helping Dr Crokes captain Johnny Buckley lift the All-Ireland club football trophy in Croke Park.

The O’Connor family issued a touching message expressing their gratitude to the Lewis Road club, saying: "When you're dealing with cancer, a daily dose of inspiration can make a big difference in your outlook on life during your cancer journey. Being around people who inspire, challenge, and make you feel better helps bring perspective and optimism to the situation.”

Since her untimely death, tributes have flooded in for the courageous young girl from friends, clubs and organisations the length and breadth of the country.

Speaking to a crowded St Mary’s Cathedral at the funeral on Wednesday, Amy’s mother Triona said her daughter “loved with her whole heart.”

“It was an honour to be the mother of such a beautiful soul,” she continued. “Her courage and her unyielding desire to beat the monster that was trying to steal her from us was nothing short of inspiring.”

Amy is survived by her parents, Brendan and Triona, brother Cian, grandparents Pat, Winnie, Michael and Nuala, her aunts, uncles, cousins, teammates, classmates at Gaelscoil Faithleann and friends.

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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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