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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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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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