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NEW KINDNESS BENCH: Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils sitting on their new 'Kindness Bench' that has been installed in the school. Pictured from left: James O'Conchur Pleamon, Conor O'Randal, Lily Ni She, Dearbhla Ni Chonaill and Rory Salvador. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

The importance of friendship and kindness is the focal point of a new bench installed in one local school this week.

The Parents Council at Gaelscoil Faithleann organised a kindness bench with the message ‘Is fearr cairde ná ór’ – ‘friends are better than gold’ written across it, to remind all in the school to be kind to each other.

“We are delighted to have this bench here – it is a focal point with a strong reminder that we all need, of the importance of friends and kindness,” Chair of the Parents Council, Mary Carroll, said.  “Children learn so much each day in school, but one of the most important messages for all of us is that if you can be anything in this world, be kind.”

The production of the bench was a team effort over the summer, turning it into a work of art with a message. Coupled with this, the Gaelscoil this week had a very interesting parents talk on cyber safety and behaviour online from the ‘Children of the Digital Age’ group, and according to Mary the message there was to behave online as you would in the real world – be kind in both.

“It was an amazing talk by Children of the Digital Age, with the large attendance of parents given stark insights and information into the digital world by Jason O’Mahony. He said that the biggest danger online is ourselves, and our belief that we are in control and safe. We download lots of free Apps – but there is nothing free and these Apps can garner a lot of information about us which is sold onto third parties.”

Mary added that one of the most interesting aspects of his talk that sets it apart from other cyber safety talks, was his discussion on the psychology of our online behaviour.

“We heard that the impacts of social media on young people are huge as they are looking at unrealistic lives and it has been shown that the more image based Apps they are exposed to the more comparisons they make with themselves. Communication is key – talking to your children and making sure they can come to you about anything they see online is most important.”

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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