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Mutaz takes a bow at Killarney Community College

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A MEMORABLE night unfolded at Killarney Community College last night as the school rewarded its brightest and best.

Acting principal Stella Loughnane concluded the night with a sincere speech when she referenced the famous quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel and tonight we want you to feel both valued and celebrated as you move forward in life.”

Teachers, students, parents and distinguished guests assembled for the annual awards ceremony to honour and recognise students in the college.

Mutaz Almusawi won the prestigious Student of the Year award. During his six years in the school, he has endeared himself to everyone through his commitment, pleasant manner, works ethos and involvement with all areas of school life.

Past pupil and broadcaster John Herlihy was the special guest presenter on the night and delivered a heartfelt speech to the gathering. John Herlihy is manager of Radio Kerry Training where he oversees the National Diploma in Radio Production delivered between the National Digital Skills Centre in Tralee and Radio Kerry Training. In addition to his radio work and training work, John lectures at the Institute of Technology Tralee where he works across the Hotel, Culinary and Tourism, Business and Creative Media Departments.

Students received awards for areas such as contribution to the life the school, academic achievement, sports, arts and design and technology.

The Principal’s Award went to Adam Hurley for his overall contribution to the school. Nelu O’Doherty received the Senior Sports Awards as recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport in the college and in his respective clubs. Orlaith Murphy won an award in the Junior Sports category in recognition of her sporting prowess.

Sarah O’Riordan Clifford and Saoirse Freisinger won the Arts Awards, while Sarah Finnan received the Senior Music Award. The Design and Technology award was presented to Broghan Edmonds. All students were credited for their amazing talents in these areas.

The award for contribution to the life of the school was presented to Brian Kelliher. Ross Brennan and Rory O’Carroll were presented with the award for Living the Ethos. Ross and Rory have been constantly involved in promoting the school ethos of “Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion”.

Awards were presented to last year’s Best Junior and Leaving Certificate Exam. Students Natalia Aleksejenko received the award for best Leaving Certificate, Grace O’Sullivan for best Junior Certificate and Filip Bruzgiewicsz Leaving Certificate Applied.

The night was a great success with entertainment being provided by various musical acts, under the direction of music teacher Joanna Hughes.
 


 
Above: Stella Loughnane, acting principal, presents Mutaz Almusawi with the Student of the Year award.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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