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New mural to celebrate diversity and creativity

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By Michelle Crean

A new mural being created by local children manifests the ethos of their school in embracing and celebrating diversity and creativity.

Artist Tricia O'Connor, who has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Social and Art Theory, has been working with a small group from the Third and Fourth multidisciplinary classes in St. Oliver's Primary School in The Department of Education BLAST Residency initiative.

"I'm currently delighted to be working in St. Oliver's Primary School Killarney," she told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The children, coordinating teacher of Intercultural Education and the BLAST project Terry Landers, class teachers Mairead Greene and Amy O'Shea, the SNA team Mags McCarthy, Mandy Lynch, Martina Dineen and I based our initial idea on this year's St Oliver's intercultural poster and poem," she said.

"Together we explored the words of the poem by Charles Bennafield "I'm diversity, embrace me and we'll journey far, I'm diversity include me and we will reach the shining star".

She added that they focused on creating stars through different mediums such as modelling clay, paper and cardboard.

"We also jumped on trampolines outside to explore different forms of movement that our bodies can make while looking at the colours of the sky, the shapes of the clouds and faraway stars. I then designed a mural using figures and a colour pallet chosen from our group explorations."

The mural has been very much led by the children and each child is bringing their own creativity and talent to the project.

"The mural will be finished by Easter and will take pride of place mounted in the school's inner courtyard. This is a special meeting place for all classes from pre-school up to Sixth. It is a place where children play, staff meet, parents gather and graduations are celebrated."

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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