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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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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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