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Loreto Students “Tick Kit” Wins Junior Entrepreneur Project

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Loreto Pupils are celebrating this week after winning the” Community Champions Award” with their “Tick Kit” Project at the Junior Entrepreneur Project Showcase Day in the R.D.S., Dublin on Monday 18th June.

According to Mary O’Sullivan (Principal) “Winning a national prize is a huge achievement and this is a proud day for Loreto.  Great credit is due to 5th and 6th class and their teacher Mr. Looney for all their hard work with the Junior Entrepreneur Programme.

The whole process was a wonderful experience for the children in how to develop a business – empowering young people to turn ideas into reality.

The idea originated when 6th class pupil Ali O’Donoghue was bitten by a tick and discovered what little information was available to treat tick bites.  She and her class mates researched the topic and came up with the idea of the Tick Kit.

The Junior Entrepreneur is all about working as a team and this was a great team effort. Every child in 5th and 6th class was involved in making the Tick Kits and was well able to explain the product and sell it.

The Budding Entrepreneurs explained:

WHAT IS THEIR JUNIOR ENTREPRENEUR PROJECT IS ABOUT?

  • We have developed a Tick Kit for our Junior Entrepreneur Programme(JEP) project.
  • The Tick Kit will also ensure that each of us is more aware of what a tick is; how to remove it safely and also teach others while, as entrepreneurs, hopefully making a profit.
  • The Tick Kit would be useful on walks, runs and days out. It can be used by people and on pets.
  • It only costs €8 per Tick Kit

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR TICK KIT?

The Tick Kit comes in a small plastic container and it contains:

  • [x2] tick twisters
  • [x2] circle plasters
  • [x2] anti-septic wipes
  • A pair a rubber gloves
  • Instructions on the inside of the lid

From an early stage we saw huge potential in the idea

  1. as being of benefit to the community
  2. as a future fundraiser for the school.

 

The children made a presentation to the Muckross Community Association public meeting on Lyme Disease.  People were very interested to note that the correct way to remove a tick safely is to use a tick twister.

The Junior Entrepreneur Showcase Day in the RDS took place on Monday 18th June.  480 schools took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme and 160 schools were represented in the RDS.

We were very proud of our pupils who were well able to handle media interviews, queries and sales on their stand.

There were nine awards and it was a huge achievement for Loreto to scoop the” Community Champions Award.”

We would like to thank David Rea, producer of Celtic Steps  who visited the children and gave them great advice about setting up a business, our secretary Margaret, our SNA Noreen and our parents who also gave great help and support.  It has been a great learning experience for the children in how to develop a business. They have shown initiative and learned skills of teamwork and co-operation.

Looking to the future we are very grateful to parents who have come on board to market the Tick Kit. It will be for sale locally with profits going to the school.

Congratulations again to Mr. Looney and 5th and 6th class.  It is a great achievement and a proud day for them and for all of us in Loreto.”

For more information please contact Scoil Bhríde on 064 6632484.

For orders Geraldine McGlynn on 086 6772174

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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