MONSTER FUNDRAISER: Staff members Cillian Fitzgerald, Niamh O’Shea, Colm Ó Súilleabháin (Principal), Mary Brosnan and Alice O’Brien launching ‘THE MON-ster Giveaway’ fundraiser outside the front of the Presentation Monastery NS on New Road.
Presentation Monastery NS is today (Friday) launching a fundraiser, ‘THE MON-ster Giveaway’ on November 13, to help raise funds to complete the development of new special needs classrooms, multi-sensory rooms and school hall.
The extension classrooms will cater for both children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and children with two and more diagnosed learning difficulties.
The fundraiser invites the public to make ‘a small donation for the next generation’ and gain entry into a timely pre-Christmas prize draw on December 18. The draw has prizes to cater for all interests including; a stunning Louis Vuitton handbag worth €1,100, a weekend stay in a luxurious hotel, Lions captain Sam Warburton’s signed Test jersey and a signed Munster Rugby jersey, with many more exciting prizes to follow.
With help from donations, The Mon is hoping to raise vital funds in order to complete the extension to the highest standard to facilitate current needs and the needs of future generations.
The extension will comprise of two specialised classrooms, a multi-sensory room, a soft-play area and a colourful sensory-rich outdoor haven. The new multi-purpose school hall will be almost double the size of the old hall and will be able to cater for the whole school community for sports and gatherings.
“Children with additional needs benefit from a more specialised classroom set-up to cater for their individual needs," Liam O’Brien, ASD class teacher, said. "This development will help make their school environment a happy and fulfilling place on a daily basis.”
Colm Ó Súilleabháin, Presentation Monastery NS principal, added that “the new development is a necessity as school numbers have almost doubled in the past 15 years and more space is needed".
"Extending the school began in 2015 with a three classroom addition to the original building and the current extension will hopefully future-proof the school.”
The Mon prides itself in being an open, inclusive and a diverse school with students from over 30 different nationalities attending.
“Due to the shortfall in funding, we are appealing to the goodwill of the public to help us to finish the special classes to the standard that the children with the most needs in our school deserve,” he said.
“I feel many people have a deep connection with The Mon in Killarney and beyond. Some may have memories from their schooldays here or perhaps they have a son or a grandchild who will reap the rewards of our current development in years to come. We hope that this will encourage people to support the fundraiser. We are asking for a minimum donation of €10. Each €10 donated will be considered a separate entry to the draw.
Contributions can be made either online at GoFundMe: The Mon, by phone on 064 66 33687, or by dropping into the school office on New Road, Killarney.
Can you talk your way to fitness?
By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]
By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness
Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.
If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.
What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.
People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.
However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.
Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).
For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.
If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.
It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.
So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.
To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.
Former footballer to launch new book
By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]
By Sean Moriarty
Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.
The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.
In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.
His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.
“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.
O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.
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