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Loreto school pupils clean up their community

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CLEANING UP: Third Class Loreto NS pupil Martin Vila pictured with his father Marc Vila helping to clean up as part of a school project on Monday.

By Michelle Crean

 

It had been months since they saw each other – but local pupils got a chance to meet up on Monday morning – all in aid of their local community.

Although they socially distanced – they still had an opportunity to engage with each other – as they and their families joined Loreto National School teacher Pádraig O’Sullivan for a beach clean-up.

On a recent walk along the lake shore, Padraig noticed a great deal of litter strewn across a wide area of the National Park.

As a teacher of Second and Third Class in Loreto National School, he decided to use the online learning theme ‘Taking Care of Our Environment’ as the basis for his lessons this week.

He gave his class the opportunity, along with their families, to collect some of the litter along the lakeshore stretching from Flesk Valley Rowing Club all the way to Dundag beach.

As Monday was Phase 2 of easing of the lockdown restrictions, people could travel further and the families involved worked within their own group on their assigned section of beach so families didn't mix as to observe physical distancing, explained Principal Brian O’Sullivan.

“There was a wonderful response from the pupils and their families,” Brian said.
“On Monday morning, bags, gloves and litter pickers were provided and each family was assigned a section of the lakeshore to collect rubbish.”

Eight full bags of rubbish were collected in a short period of time, he added.

Seán Forde, the park ranger, was delighted with the turnout and commended the children and their families for their great work. As online learning continues for all schools, it is fantastic to see pupils and their families out and about in our beautiful National Park working to make it a better place. Huge thanks to Pádraig for organising and to our pupils and their families for taking part.”

 

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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