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Minister Foley congratulates Killarney winners at the 2022 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

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Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has congratulated the Killarney students who won prizes at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Students from St Brigid’s Secondary School Killarney were among the list of national winners at the virtual awards ceremony last Friday.

On Monday Minster Foley today met students from Kerry schools to congratulate them on winning an impressive 11 prizes at this year’s contest.

Tarbert Comprehensive School, Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, and Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine Kenmare also won awards in the national competition.

Two of the 11 award winners represented St Brigid’s.

“In Kerry, we have a proud record at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and I would like to congratulate every student who took part in this year’s competition.
“I am always in awe at the creativity, ingenuity and breadth of vision displayed by the entries and this year’s cohort did not disappoint,” said Minister Foley.

“To receive a total of 11 awards and commendations is a phenomenal achievement in a competition which has such a high standard. Well done to you all.
“I would also like to acknowledge all of the teachers and mentors who also give so generously of their time and expertise to support all of these students on their journey. Thank you to the parents and families for your unwavering support.”

St. Brigid's Secondary School students Olivia Gaffey and Clodagh Lucey were Highly Commended for their project: ‘What factors influence the perceived rate of exertion on students?’

Keira Geaney and Abbie O’Sullivan, also from St Brigid’s Secondary won a display award for their project ‘My Carbon Buddy’.

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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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