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Local school leading the way in digital technologies for teaching and learning

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PROBLEM SOLVERS: Pupils from Holy Cross Mercy Primary School are enjoying a new STEM club in their school. Pictured at the front were: Seán Looney, Amelia Spillane, Caelan Prendergast and Sadhbh Collins from senior infants with their classmates.

By Michelle Crean

Local school children are becoming logical thinkers and problem solvers at a much younger age thanks to the introduction of a new after schools programme.

Holy Cross Mercy Primary School hosts an afterschool STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) club for Senior Infant pupils where children are introduced to science experiments including making slime and building electrical circuits and engineering by designing and building various structures such as bridges and houses using maths.

Principal of Holy Cross, Ursula Coffey, welcomed the announcement of funding for all schools for the purchase of key technologies including iPads, smart displays and airplay devices for the school.

“It will allow us to build on and expand the amazing work being done in our school in the area of digital technologies for teaching and learning,” she said.

Holy Cross is a school of Digital Distinction with Technology and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) playing a central role in learning throughout all classes in the school, she added.

“All classes have access to iPads with over 100 devices in the school. Parents and teachers communicate through their child’s Digital Learning Journal Seesaw and are updated daily with snapshots of their child’s learning. Children from Junior Infants right through to Sixth class learn 21st century tech skills within their classrooms with every child having access to iPads daily. The students will also work together on different aspects of coding including Scratch and Beebots to enable them to become logical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborative learners and to foster and encourage creativity.”

 

The Holy Cross Mercy also has a STEM Club for the older classes and  the new funding will provide resources for the club.

“The students will learn skills such as animation, coding, robotics and engineering with LEGO.”
Further information is available on their website www.mercyholycross.ieor their Facebook page. If you are interested in school enrolment for September 2019 please contact the school office on 064 663141.

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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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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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