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New Hearing Impairment class for Knockanes NS

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SPECIAL CLASS: A new Special Class for Pupils with Hearing Impairment has been sanctioned for Knockanes National School in Headford. Pictured are: Joan O'Leary (grandmother), Diane O'Leary (mother), Jack and Paudie O'Leary (pupils of Knockanes NS), Marie Cronin (Deputy Principal), Isabelle and Darragh Carey (pupils of Knockanes NS), Lucy O'Sullivan (Principal).

By Michelle Crean

A Special Class for Pupils with Hearing Impairment has been sanctioned for Knockanes National School in Headford.

The news comes following communication with the Department of Education and NCSE (National Council for Special Education) over recent months.

Currently the school has four pupils enrolled for the class for this coming September.

Brothers Jack O'Leary in Fourth Class and Paudie O'Leary in Second Class, as well as Isabelle Carey in Second Class, who are already pupils within the school, will avail of the supports of the special class from September.

Recently the school had a meeting with their visiting teacher for the Deaf, Annette O'Neill, and her colleague Orlaith Kelleher (National Council for Special Education), along with Eda Walsh of Beaumont Hospital.

"They provided invaluable support and advice with the set-up of our new class and we look forward to working with them into the future," Principal, Lucy O'Sullivan, said.

"This is a wonderful development and opportunity for our school, our current staff and pupils and also our prospective pupils and their families. Pupils enrolled in this class will receive more targeted and focused teaching and learning support whilst still integrating with their mainstream classes and peers during the school day," she said.

"We have been allocated additional support staff also who will work specifically with the pupils in this class. These staff will receive specific training to further enhance the learning opportunities for the pupils with hearing impairment that will enrol in the class. We look forward to beginning the process of setting up this class over the coming weeks and months and welcoming new staff and pupils to our school in September."

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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