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Unique performing arts school The MACademy empowers its students to grow and develop as they discover new skills and interests.

CAMP: 'Camp MACademy' will run for the midterm break from November 1 to 4 in The Holy Cross School.

Founded by Lily MacMonagle and located in the heart of Killarney town, it is the place to be if music, theatre and drama is what you want this year.

The school runs weekly classes every Thursday, consisting of 45 minutes of dance, 45 minutes of drama, and 45 minutes of singing from four to 18 years of age.

"As a passionate performing arts school, we take great pride in every course we teach," Lily told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We have a highly interactive and engaging teaching style that has made us an extremely popular performing arts school. The students train all year to perfect all three talents whilst working towards their 'MACademy Show'."

Term two begins on November 10 and if you would like to book in just visit or call Lily on 087 6296152.

"We also have a MAC Babies Parent and Toddler music class every Tuesday and Thursday down in The Ross Golf Course. Our next six week course begins on October 25 and 27. Booking can be made on our website."

'Camp MACademy' will run for the midterm break from November 1 to 4 in The Holy Cross School. "This musical camp welcomes kids and young adults who are ready to engage in a fun musical and dramatic experience. We offer an incredible variety of programmes and activities, music, drama and dance, with some arts and crafts and games thrown in for good measure. We have top-of-the-line facilities and qualified staff who are committed to the enjoyment and safety of all our MACademers. This Halloween we will be focusing on all things ghoulish, with music from some of our favourite's like 'The Nightmare Before Christmas', 'Hocus Pocus', 'The Addams Family' and 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'. For pricing and times please email or visit our website



Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]




Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project



Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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