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Motor club raises almost €60k for air ambulance

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Killarney and District Motor Club (KDMC) presented €58,293 to the Irish Community Air Ambulance from the club’s Forestry Rally in February.

Several event suppliers gave their services for free or at a reduced cost, programme adverts generated a large amount of money but KC Print, the Killarney Advertiser’s parent company, printed and designed the programme for free, adding to the profit of the event.

At a special function on Saturday night in the River Island Hotel in Castleisland, the event’s headquarters, Clerk of the Course Dermot Healy and his KDMC organising committee presented a cheque for €58,293 to the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

“I am delighted and humbled by the overwhelming support from KDMC club members, neighbouring clubs, the Castleisland community and event sponsors and all those other people who gave such extraordinary support to this wonderful cause that has generated so much money for the air ambulance,” Dermot said.

“The team that rallied in behind me helping to put together this event seamlessly in six short weeks, were simply amazing. If it proves one thing to me, we have still an amazing amount of goodwill in this country that we can be proud of.”

Meanwhile, the club will launch its Rally of the Lakes on Sunday afternoon at the Gleneagle Hotel.

The April 29 to May 1 event has already attracted over 200 entries ensuring a very busy weekend for the town.

Event Clerk of the Course Darren McCormick said that all are welcome to attend an afternoon of chat and photographs to mark the official countdown to the event.

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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