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Lissivigeen pupils have the “write stuff”

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Lissivigeen National School pupils enjoyed a creative treat last Friday when they were visited by children's author Olivia Hope for a series of writing workshops to help inspire them.

Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes participated in activities around character creation, story development and storyboarding, all in keeping with the Irish folklore tradition and featuring spooky púcas and local landscape.

Olivia also gave them an insight into her own storytelling journey and how the Killarney author came to be with the same publisher as JK Rowling. She spoke with enthusiasm about finding story ideas and inspiration all around her.

Olivia said that she prefers to show children how to make stories, not just write them down, by highlighting the importance of children being able to tell their stories in a variety of ways, not just writing, but also through drawing, film, song and any art form that appealed to them. She says that we are encouraging pupils to be writers, film-makers, animators and artists, because, as she reminded them, "It’s your story, so you have to tell it in your own unique way".

Olivia, who currently works at Siamsa Tíre as a creative learning assistant, also gave pupils a behind-the-scenes insight into how she came to write the Samhain folklore tale for the highly anticipated art exhibition for children at Siamsa Tíre, 'A Way Home/Slí Abhaile'. Her visit also included a sneak preview of some of the art that will be displayed as part of the exhibition which launched yesterday (Thursday).

The classes and their teachers certainly have a story or two to tell after Olivia Hope’s visit.

Olivia Hope’s debut 'Be wild, Little One', illustrated by Daniel Egneus, will be published by Bloomsbury on May 12, 2022, and is available for pre-order in all bookshops.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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