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Minister focuses on students’ future

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By Michelle Crean

It was all about students exploring their future options as Minister Simon Harris gave an informative talk on CAO and apprenticeships last week.

VISIT: Minister Simon Harris with Student Council members Ethan Fleming and Kasper Bogalecki Bridget Lucey (Deputy Principal) Sean Coffey (Principal) Lorna (Chairperson Board of Management) and Deputy Brendan Griffin during his visit to St Brendan's College on Thursday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

TALK: Minister Simon Harris gave CAO advice to students in St Brendan's College on Thursday last.

ADVICE: Minister Simon Harris gave CAO advice to students in St Brendan's College on Thursday last.

Minister Simon Harris pictured speaking to staff members during his visit to St Brendan's College on Thursday. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

On Thursday, the Minister for Higher Education, accompanied by Kerry TD Brendan Griffin, paid a visit to senior students in St Brendan's College to give them some sound advice.

He was welcomed to the school by Principal Seán Coffey, Deputy Principal Bridget Lucey, Board of Management Chairperson Lorna Larkin, and Student Council members Kasper Bogalecki and Ethan Fleming.

And students had their questions at the ready.

"His visit was to speak to Fifth Years about new CAO options he has introduced," Principal Seán Coffey told the Killarney Advertiser.

"He's expanding the CAO to include apprenticeships. He's trying to broaden the number of courses available. He's promoting a change of mindset with apprenticeships in schools. It was a Q&A session and it broadened to Ukraine, single sex education and church ownership of schools," he said.

"He was really open and forthright with students and he visited our new support centre, the Brendan Centre, for special education classes."

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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