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Leaving Cert students look forward to the future

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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Leaving Cert students from Killarney Community College reflect on their final school year. From l-r were: Aoife O’Brien, Sinead Gleeson, Alex Quinn, and Danny Cremin.

After a turbulent final year in secondary school for the current Leaving Certificate cohort, a number of Sixth Year students in Killarney Community College reflected on their experiences and outlined their hopes for the future.

Aoife O’Brien hopes to study home economics and Irish teaching in Sligo next year.

“I see the revised Leaving Cert as a good thing,” she said. “It alleviates a lot of stress. The duration of the exams along with the layout are more student friendly.”

Reflecting on the obstacles encountered this year Aoife added that “it was difficult to motivate yourself at times with remote learning but I think it has taught me how to adapt to challenges”.

Daniel Cremin already has a carpentry apprenticeship in place for next year after a great experience doing subjects like metal and woodwork in the college. Regardless of his apprenticeship, he intends to sit all his exams. Daniel felt the last few weeks have been stressful with many class tests in preparation for the exam. “I feel we missed out on school outings such as field trips, college open days, but saying that I think I’m ready for anything life throws me after the madness of this year!”

Talented musician Sinead Gleeson felt she really missed singing and performing in the school choir at various occasions. Sinead has two offers of college places in the UK already for occupational therapy pending results, and is looking forward to a new challenge. “After this year, I have a greater appreciation of my family, friends and I don’t think I’ll ever take the small things I enjoy doing for granted. I see a bright future ahead of me and I’m excited to move on to the next chapter of my life – once I get over the Leaving Cert!”

Alex Quinn sees his future in computer engineering technology and is hopeful of going to CIT to achieve this. He felt there was great uncertainty surrounding the Leaving Cert for far too long but is happy with the new arrangements.

“It gives us every opportunity to achieve what we want,” he said.
“I like that teachers have an input in our grades as they know us best and know the work we have put into the subject.” Alex is hopeful that by the time he gets to college there will be some form of normality. “We have missed out on so much, I hope that we get to experience college on campus as opposed to behind a computer screen at home.”

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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