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Killarney student named ‘Young Economist of the Year’

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ECONOMICS AWARD: Tom Knocblauch winner of the overall Junior Category at the 'Young Economist of the Year' pictured with Business Teacher Eimear Buckley and Acting Principal Hugh Rudden at St Brendan’s College. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

By Michelle Crean

A St Brendan’s College student this week received an award after winning the overall Junior Category at the 'Young Economist of the Year' with a project entitled “Can Economics Help to Save the World?”

The ‘Young Economist of the Year’, won by Tom Knoblauch, is an economics competition for secondary school students across the island of Ireland. The competition is run in conjunction with the Professional Development Service for Teachers. YEOTY, as it has become affectionately known, is now in its seventh year and is developing into a significant national awards event for the enjoyment and promotion of economics. Commencing in 2013, the initiative has grown from strength to strength with an increasing number of participants. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions it was a virtual ceremony, which featured both the Minister for Finance Paschal Donoghue, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland Gabriel Makhlouf, as guest speakers.

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Tom chose to research a topic that was of both interest to him, and relevant to his generation.

"Increasingly we see the impact of man’s interference on our planet at a macro level through examples such as the massive fires in California and numerous major floods, and I sought to understand how this relates to my life at a micro level, both in its impact and in my ability to influence it," Tom said.

Tom’s project looked at the approach the Government is taking, in particular in relation to cutting CO2 emissions and identified some pitfalls. He made some recommendations on how the Government could make a stand in taking the current critical position forward. This approach will not single handedly solve the current environmental crisis that is beginning to unfold, but it will make a material start in ensuring that this planet can be enjoyed by children for generations to come.

“Tom worked really hard in completing this project, I am delighted for Tom to receive such a prestigious award," his Business Teacher Eimear Buckley said.

 

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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