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Killarney Women Comes Closer to Fulfilling her Dream

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“The Teacher Education Access course is facilitating my dream of becoming a teacher” according to Claire Coyne from Killarneywho speaking at the Adult Education Awards ceremony held in MIC on Saturday 26 May when 24 mature learners from varying ages and cultures graduated from the two adult access programmes, the Teacher Education Access Course and the Foundation Certificate Programme.

The Teacher Education Access Course for Mature Learners is a part-time programme for adult learners and is unique in the Irish higher education system.  The course, offered by MIC in partnership with the City of Limerick Vocational Educational Committee, Adult Education Service, is designed for mature learners who wish to gain entry to the B Ed. (Primary Education) at the College. The course is aimed at anyone over the age of 22 by January 1st on the year of application, who is interested in applying to the B Ed (Primary Education) and who does not hold the minimum entry requirements.  Those who successfully complete the course and fulfil the minimum entry requirements for the B Ed are offered a place on the BED (Primary) Degree programme in MIC.  This year sees he first graduates from the course graduating from the B Ed programme in October at the annual MIC conferring ceremonies. 

Speaking on her experience of the course Claire Coyne commented: “I have always wanted to study for primary teaching but I did not have the Irish or English requirements.  For me this access course was what I needed, as before completing the course I was afraid of the Irish language and feared returning to education.  The support I have received from all the excellent lecturers has instilled me with the confidence I needed. The Teacher Education Access course is facilitating my dream of becoming a teacher.    I am a mother with two small children and hold down a part-time job… if I can do this anyone can.”

Congratulating all the graduates of the Foundation Certificate Programme and the Teacher Education Access Course Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC said; “Education involves a major transition in a mature student’s life, it is a journey of personal growth and self-transformation.  I know that many of you faced great personal challenges while participating in this course. By getting to this point you have demonstrated immense commitment. I wish to commend each and every one of you on your hard work, perseverance and dedication. Your wonderful achievement is encapsulated in the certificate I will present to you this afternoon. I wish to also pay tribute to those who have supported you on this journey, your family and friends. I thank them on your behalf”.

He continued to speak of the genuine commitment in MIC to offer access to education to all especially those who may have lost out educationally in the past as they represent a reservoir of talent and ability.  He finished by paying special tribute to the staff of Mary Immaculate College for their involvement in the planning and delivery of these courses and for the impressive network of support services they provide the students with. 

Applications are currently being invited for the Teacher Education Access Course with an application deadline of 1 June 2018.  See www.mic.ul.ie for further details.

 

 

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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