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New Killarney course a first in Ireland

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By Michelle Crean

Kerry College have announced an all-new 39 week long full-time programme in Ecology & Practical Fieldwork Skills – which will be based in Killarney National Park.

A unique course in a unique location - it is the only course of its type in the country starting on Monday, November 16.

This full-time QQI Level 5 Major Award will be run by Killarney National Park Education Centre in conjunction with Cappanalea (The National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training), with activities and fieldwork being carried out in the Knockreer Demesne and the many and varied habitats of the National Park.

There are only 10 places available on the course and interviews will take place on Thursday, November 5 and Friday 6.

“This Ecology & Practical Fieldwork Skills course is a highly practical programme and is a great starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in Ecology, Botany, Wildlife Management, Forestry, Conservation, or other related sectors. Of course, our graduates may also choose to progress to third-level,” course leader Chris Barron explained.

Kerry College Admissions Officer John Herlihy is looking forward to the first intake:

“This is a fantastic new course for the Killarney area, especially at a time when so many people are re-connecting with the outdoors environment … and where better to be based for a course like this than in the 11,000 hectares of the magnificent Killarney National Park.”

Applicants need to be over 16 years of age, with a minimum of a QQI Level 4 Major Award, Leaving Certificate or equivalent, have good numerical and communication skills and a strong interest in the environment.

Full details ww.kerrycollege.ie/full-time-courses/ecology-practical-fieldwork-skills/.

For information on the qualification, the course or the fieldwork activities, contact Chris Barron at Killarney National Park Education Centre by telephone on 064 6635960 or email chris.barron@staff.kerryetb.ie.

For information on how to apply, contact Kerry College Admissions Office by telephone on 066 714 96 96 or by email: info@kerrycollege.ie.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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