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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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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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