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Our money’s on the Peaky Bankers of St Brendan’s

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NOT only are they top of the class on the football pitch, but the Sem boys are now proving to be experts in opening championship level banks. In addition to winning the All Ireland Senior Colleges Football Championship this year, St Brendan’s College students, known as The Peaky Bankers, are also through for the to the AIB Build A Bank National Finals.

This is the first time that St Brendan’s College has qualified for this prestigious award.

The Peaky Bankers, whose name is a nod to the popular TV series, is made up of six transition year students, Oran O’Donoghue, Donal Lucey, Harry and James Knoblauch, Cathal Swords and Michael Buckley.

Killarney Advertiser caught up with members of the hardworking team as they created a working bank within the school. “Our mission is based on three core principals, these are, Mental Health, Brotherhood and Faith,” stated the students.

The group created a campaign together known as #brotherhood which raised awareness around mental health and in particular suicide.

“We open our bank every Tuesday in the school cafeteria and run competitions and games each week that always creates awareness around mental health and brotherhood,” stated the team.

“We have had guest speakers such as James O’Donoghue and Tom Lucey to speak about the importance of a hobby, a good bunch of friends and a good support network.”

When a member of the bank lodges money or opens a new account they receive a ‘We Back Our Boys’ welcome pack which includes a number of goodies including an introduction booklet with contact numbers and social media links.

The AIB Build A Bank National Final takes place in Dublin at the end of this month. The boys have their hearts set on claiming the €5,000 cash prize for their school. They hope to put the money towards research and events for the school to create more awareness of mental health issues amongst the students.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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