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By Michelle Crean

To get a true sense of the authentic French language and culture then look no further than Hélène Olivier-Courtney who specialises in teaching her native language to all ages.

Hélène, who now lives in Killorglin, originally hails from Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley. She arrived in Ireland in September 1995 to work as a tutor in NUI Galway while studying for a Masters in English Literature.

She specialises in teaching French as a foreign language to primary, secondary, third level and adult learners since setting up French For All in 2006.

"I have worked in local secondary schools and therefore have a deep knowledge of the Irish school curriculum," Hélène told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I worked for 10 years for Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative (MLPSI) until 2012."

Last year she returned to working in local primary school with Languages Connect, Ireland's Strategy to increase increase the number of students sitting two languages at Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate by 25%.

The classes she'll offer all ages will take place in the Avenue Hotel in Killarney, the Old Carnegie Hall in Killorglin on Skype and via home tuition starting on September 26.

She's keen to stress that the classes give Fifth and Sixth Class primary school pupils a "taste of French language and culture" before entering secondary school.

Fifth and Sixth Year students will be prioritised for secondary classes, while adults will be able to enjoy social evenings in the Avenue Hotel, Plaza Hotel and Petit Delice.

"The key thing is my students enjoy the classes, learning French in a real atmosphere and this allows them to progress quickly."

To register head to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on September 7 next and the Old Carnegie Hall, Killorglin on September 14 from 6pm to 8pm.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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