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Killarney students make BT Young Scientist final

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney students more than impressed the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition judges with their investigations - so much so that they've made the finals this coming January.

PROJECT: Angelina Kendel and Rabea Flugel from Killarney Community College have had their project 'How quarantine and home office affect our psyche' selected by the screening judges to compete in the virtual finals of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

HAPPY: Olivia Gaffey and Clodagh Lucey from St Brigid's Presentation with their project 'What factors influence the perceived rate of exertion on students?' which has made it to the BT Young Scientist finals.

MENTAL HEALTH: Anna Moynihan's project 'A comparative study: VSCO vs. Instagram and how they affect the self-esteem/mental health of adolescents' has made it through to the BT Young Scientist final.

THRILLED: St Brigid's Presentation Killarney students Ali O'Donoghue and Eilis Mullane are thrilled to have their project 'Vertical Farming The Future for Eco Friendly Schools' through to the finals of the BT Young Scientist.

Transition Year students Rabea Flugel and Angelina Kendel from Killarney Community College studied how 'How quarantine and home office affect our psyche' which sees them through to the virtual final from January 12 to 14.

"It is a great achievement to be one of the 550 selected projects. As there were over 1400 applications, this is a true testament to their unique concept and dedication as young scientists," Killarney Community College science teacher Ms. Spillane, said.

"This is a fantastic achievement as the competition is fierce and the standards are so high. The girl's project will investigate the psychological effects of the lockdown on both students and teachers. This is an interesting and important investigation in the current climate."

Meanwhile the hard work of four projects completed by St Brigid Presentation students were also put forward for the final.

They include 'My Carbon Buddy' by Abbie O'Sullivan and Keira Geaney. Olivia Gaffey and Clodagh Lucey submitted their project 'What factors influence the perceived rate of exertion on students?', Anna Moynihan's project 'A comparative study: VSCO vs. Instagram and how they affect the self-esteem/mental health of adolescents', while Ali O'Donoghue and Eilis Mullane examined 'Vertical Farming, The Future for Eco Friendly Schools'.

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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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Donation to be made in memory of Johnny Batt

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity. Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer. An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity.

Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer.

An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals with Spa as well as a county Intermediate Championship medal in 1974 and a County League Division One title two years later.

He was also a member of the star-studded East Kerry divisional side that won the inaugural All-Ireland Club Championship in 1971.

When he hung up his boots, Johnny trained and coached many underage teams and was honoured with a hugely deserved lifetime achievement award by his beloved Spa GAA Club in 2015.

He was also a champion card player, winning the Spa Championship of Kerry 31 Card Drive on two occasions.

After his passing, Spa GAA wanted to run a 31 Card Drive in his memory and to raise funds for the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

The Card Drive was postponed on several occasions due to the pandemic – and while some of the earlier rounds were completed by early 2020 – it was not possible to complete the competition that has now been cancelled completely due to ongoing crowd gathering concerns.

“A number of teams had entered this Card Drive competition (two people per team) and it started in early 2020 and most but not all of the early rounds did get played,” club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy, said.

“When COVID-19 hit they delayed the next stages of the competition.”

Nevertheless, teams had paid entry fees and it was decided to handover the funds raised to the Comfort for Chemo charity at the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

Members of the organising team met this week to reveal the winners of spot prizes had the event gone ahead. The money will be handed over next week to the charity when the final amount is totalled.

“They kept delaying and postponing but at this point have decided to cancel it completely and make the donation for the money that was collected at the time,” added Deirdre.

WINNERS

The prize-winning teams are:

€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: John Kerins and Tim McCarthy
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Con Lynch and Alan Cronin
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Finbarr Godfrey and Tim Regan
€50 voucher (each) for Killarney Carpet & Furniture Centre: Seanie Kelliher and Connie Doolan
Bottle of whiskey and bottle of wine: Peter Cahill and Barry Duggan

The club also thanked event sponsors: Skellig Hotel Dingle, Kennelly’s Pharmacy, Hegarty’s Spar Muckross Road, Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney Oil, O’Leary’s Electrical, Paul Herlihy Contractor, Liam Chute, Killarney Oaks Hotel and Bowler’s Centra.

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