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Major town school works almost complete

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By Michelle Crean

One local school could see major new works completed by mid-March as the building - deemed essential by the Dept of Education during the current restrictions - nears completion.

The brand new, and much needed extension at The Monastery primary school on New Road, will include two new classrooms to cater for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and children with two and more diagnosed learning difficulties, multi-sensory rooms, as well as works to extend the school hall, which is currently too small for the 190 pupil school.

There are also plans for a new school stage and PA system in the hall.

And, according to principal of the school, Colm Ó Súilleabháin, works for a soft play area outside and colourful murals should be finished during the summer holidays.

The school was founded in 1838 and has been located on the site on New Road since 1958. A three classroom extension was added at the rear in 2015 to cater for growing numbers.

Late last year the school ran ‘THE MON-ster Giveaway' asking the public to make ‘a small donation for the next generation’ to help cater for the growing school population.

And, although they initially thought they'd raise somewhere in the region of €20,000 - Colm says they were blown away by the €40,000 raised.

"We're hoping to have the interior finished by mid-March, which is six weeks away," Colm told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We're waiting on funding from the Dept for additional works, and some additional works might have to wait for the [summer] holidays. The response to the fundraiser was phenomenal. I thought we'd get €20,000 but it's now close to €40,000. It gave us all a great lift. We want to thank everyone for supporting our fundraiser, businesses who sponsored fantastic prizes and all the community groups who made donations and everyone who bought tickets."

He also added it's great news that those attending the school for special education would be returning on February 11 after Minister for Education Norma Foley and education bodies agreed the date on Monday adding that "there was a lot of pressure" for the decision makers given "the situation".

"Two weeks ago we were disappointed it didn't happen. We've two special classes and we'll be delighted to have them back. There's 11 in total, and two teachers and two SNAs. There won't be more than 20 people in the school."

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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