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New members welcome as Classic Shed relaunches

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Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has relaunched its Classic Shed after being closed since the start of the pandemic.

The club reopened its shed last Thursday evening and is inviting classic car enthusiasts, or indeed anyone, who wants to start a new hobby to join them at their premises on the Lewis Road.

The Classic Shed has been extensively renovated over the last few weeks and now includes a new heating system and new lighting.

Over the next few months the club, along with existing members and new recruits, will restore a 1982 Toyota Corolla. The car will be raffled off to raise funds for Kerry-based mental health charities.

They also have plans in place to restore a Ford Dexta classic tractor in the months ahead.

“Our doors are wide open, everyone is welcome,” Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club’s Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The new lights were finished this week. This is for anyone, male or female, who might want a new hobby. They don’t need to be mechanics or anything, this is more about the social side of things and sometimes the cup of tea each night is more important than the work we do.”

The Classic Shed is a separate operation to the Men’s Shed that is already in place in the same yard.

The Men’s Shed, which has already resumed post-pandemic, is aimed at people with an interest in wood crafting, gardening and other similar hobbies but both organisations offer the same social outlet for people looking for new friends or hobbies.

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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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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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