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Lydia receives letter from President Higgins

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By Michelle Crean

Part of a class project was to write a poem - but little did one pupil think that it would lead to her receiving a letter from the President!

Lydia Leader, along with her Fourth Class classmates all wrote poems to mark Poetry Day Ireland on April 28 under the direction of their class teacher Mr Mannix.

Lydia Leader was selected as the winning poet from the class and the decision was made to send her poem ‘Hope’ to poetry lover, President Michael D. Higgins.

Lydia couldn't believe it when she then received a letter from the President’s office in Áras an Uachtaráin.

President Higgins expressed that he was grateful for Lydia’s thoughtfulness and sent her his best wishes.

"We are very proud of all our poets at Kilcummin NS," Principal, Gillian Sheehan, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Well done and congratulations to Lydia on this wonderful feat! We are very proud of her and we have published her poem on our school website."

"It was a huge surprise," Lydia added.

"I didn't expect to receive a letter from the President. I'm thrilled. I will keep this letter in a very safe place. I am so thankful to the President for his letter. It means so much to me."

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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