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Major technological advances in Kilcummin NS




Pupils are going gaga for Google as they've moved to a new technology which will enhance their learning experience going forward.

Children from Kilcummin NS recently made the move to Google Workspace for Education, a suite of cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools specifically designed for schools and educational organisations.

The move will provide a more efficient and effective way to work together for pupils, teachers, and staff. They'll also be able to access educational resources.

Google Workspace for Education offers a range of powerful tools, including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Classroom, that will allow the school to streamline its educational processes and provide a more engaging learning environment.

"We are delighted to announce that we have moved to Google Workspace for Education," said Kilcummin NS Acting Principal Mike Murphy.

"This move will allow the staff to enhance the learning experience for the children and provide a more effective way for our staff to work together. We believe this will help us achieve our mission of providing our students with the best possible education and that it will future-proof digital learning in the school moving forward.”

The school has also announced the acquisition of new Chromebooks and a Charging Trolley as part of the school’s commitment to delivering the best possible learning environment. This investment will enable the school to integrate more digital learning into its curriculum and enhance pupils' learning experiences in a digital world.

The Chromebooks, which run on Google's Chrome operating system, come with a wide range of educational Apps and online tools that will support the school's curriculum across all subject areas. Teachers will be able to use the Chromebooks, which integrate directly with the Google For Education platform, to deliver interactive lessons, access online resources, and provide pupils with instant feedback. They will be able to use the Chromebooks to complete assignments, collaborate on projects, and conduct research.

"We are excited to introduce this new technology to our school," said Mike Kelliher, Acting Deputy Principal of Kilcummin NS.

"We feel this milestone will provide the children with access to the latest digital resources, which will enhance their learning experience and prepare them for the future. They will now leave Kilcummin NS with effective IT skills and a working knowledge of the Google workspace platform."

This upgrade in IT equipment has been supplied by Perduko Ltd., a leading provider of educational technology solutions with a proven track record of providing high-quality products and services to schools across the country. The school also engaged the services of Perduko Ltd., a Google for Education Partner, for the setup of the school’s Google Workspace for Education domain and for the training of both staff and pupils in the use of the Google Apps.

The school plans to roll out individual pupil Google Workspace for Education and the Chromebooks to all pupils over the coming weeks and will provide training on their new technology.

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Developing St Finan’s “cost prohibitive” – Council

Converting the idle St Finan’s hospital into social housing is cost-prohibitive according to Kerry County council officials. The historic building has been lying idle since it closed in September 2012. […]




Converting the idle St Finan’s hospital into social housing is cost-prohibitive according to Kerry County council officials.

The historic building has been lying idle since it closed in September 2012.

The hospital and adjoining lands are up for sale by the Health Service Executive (HSE) since then.

So far no realistic offer has been made on the site despite suggestions that it could be used for social housing, a catering college and a hotel.

Each year the building, which was built in the 1850s, falls into further disrepair.

There were fresh calls again this week as local councillors called for some sort of action to redevelop the site that is fast becoming an eyesore.

At last Friday’s Killarney Municipal District meeting councillors called for action at the site .

Mayor Brendan Cronin wants the building’s protected status to be removed or at least reduced to speed up potential development work which ties in with Cllr Marie Moloney’s idea that the old hospital could be converted into apartments or flats.

Cllr John O’Donoghue wants the HSE to find a way to hand over the property to Kerry County Council either by way of reduced payment or an intra-government agency ownership change.

A Kerry County Council official told the meeting that any works to potentially convert the old hospital into social housing “would be cost prohibitive.”


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Eight month wait for a driving test in Killarney

A Killarney councillor is calling for action in an effort to reduce the driving test wait list in Killarney The current wait list for a test in Killarney sits at […]




A Killarney councillor is calling for action in an effort to reduce the driving test wait list in Killarney

The current wait list for a test in Killarney sits at eight months.

Cllr John O’Donoghue raised the issue at Monday’s full meeting of Kerry County Council.

He proposed that driving instructors should be employed to carry out the final test to reduce the current backlog.

At Monday’s meeting he asked that hat Kerry County Council would write to the Minister for Transport to ask him to consider giving driving instructors temporary powers to issue a temporary Driving Licence/Certificate of Competence to those on the waiting list for tests.

“The wait is currently far too long and the system is in danger of becoming completely overwhelmed,” he said.

“The huge waiting list for young drivers is well documented at this stage. In a case I am familiar with, a young person passed their theory test in January 2022 and he immediately applied for his mandatory 12 driving lessons. When these were completed, he applied for his driving test on the 2nd of December 2022. Some weeks ago, he still had not received an application to apply for his driving test. This wait is placing him and his family under considerable extra cost and stress which is completely unacceptable.”

In the course of his research into the matter Cllr O’Donoghue discovered that the next available date for a driving test in Killarney is May 25, 2024, while Tralee is June 3 2024.

“Bear in mind, these are only the dates on which you receive an invitation to book your test, the test itself will then be an estimated three to five weeks later.

“This is an appalling situation and one which needs to be rectified as a matter of urgency. I am proposing that driving instructors, which presumably are fully trained up on the rules of the road, be granted temporary powers to be allowed to issue temporary driving licences to young people. When the waiting list time has been reduced, I would still propose that these people sit the test as usual, but the current pressure needs to be alleviated as soon as possible. There is precedent as I believe that in the 1970s, a cohort in this country were issued driving licences without having sat a test as the wait time for the test was too long.”


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