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MON-ster fundraiser planned for local school launching today (Friday)

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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.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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