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New bus is latest addition to St Francis Special School

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By Sean Moriarty

There was great excitement this week for pupils and staff who welcomed the addition of a brand new Ford Transit minibus.

On Wednesday St Francis Special School took delivery of the new minibus, one of two that will be owned and operated by the school.There'll be even more trips out now for the pupils as the minibus will offer the school the freedom to organise their own days out rather than relying on the support of others who loaned the school buses as and when they were available.A second bus is expected to be delivered in the coming weeks and their purchases were made possible thanks to money donated by participants in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.“The generosity of the people of Kerry knows no bounds and that’s coming from a Cork man,” Principal Liam Twomey told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are delighted with our new bus – it is a culmination of many years of fundraising by a lot of people.”Liam is retiring from the Beaufort school at the end of the month. He has thanked the people of Kerry for their generosity after three of his projects were realised; the bus, the construction of a new bike shed and the purchase of specially adapted bicycles suitable for the children attending the school was completed earlier this year.By the end of next week, a new playground will be officially opened to complete his three personal ambitions.Mr Twomey said the new buses will allow the school to broaden the educational needs of the school’s pupils.“We can now plan and organise our own day-trips without waiting for the availability of other buses,” he added.“A day on the beach, in the National Park or just the supermarket is all part of the overall educational package for the pupils. Our own buses means our own freedom.”

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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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