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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: School Transport Scheme

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Is my child eligible for the School Transport Scheme?

If they are between four and 12-years-old and living 3.2 kilometres or more from a primary school, or 4.8 kilometres or more for post-primary, they may qualify for transport to school.

The service is only provided where there are at least 10 eligible pupils in a distinct locality that can be economically serviced by a bus route. You do not have a legal entitlement to it.

Free transport is available to children with special needs to and from special schools and classes. If transport is not available a Special Transport Grant may be an option.

Where will the bus pick up my child?

Parents must bring their child to their nearest pick-up point. Generally, bus routes are arranged so that no pupil has more than 3.2 kilometres to travel to a pick-up point.

How much does it cost?

Primary school children: €100 per pupil, but not more than €150 per family
Post-primary school students: €350 per pupil, but not more than €500 per family
If you are eligible for school transport and you have a valid medical card, you are entitled to free school transport to your nearest school.

How do I find out about routes near me and when do I apply?

You can contact your local Bus Éireann school transport office to get information about timetables, pickup points and applications for transport grants.

Applications for the School Transport Scheme are now being accepted for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications close today (Friday April 29).

Read more about the School Transport Scheme on citizensinformation.ie or you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Alternatively, you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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