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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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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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