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Plans for new state-of-the-art Killarney school out to tender

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WELCOME NEWS: Thrilled with the news this week that St Brigid’s Secondary is to get a state-of-the-art school were students Elaine Parker, Mahima Sujan and Kara Huggard with Principal Roísín Moore. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Plans are currently out to tender for a brand new state-of-the-art secondary school for Killarney town which could be competed within five years. After a five year campaign for new facilities to accommodate the school’s growing numbers – which sees many students undergoing classes in the school’s current 18 prefabs – St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School which currently has 720 students, is set to get 29 general classrooms, two Home Economics Rooms, two Art and Craft rooms, six specialist rooms, four science labs, a GP room and ancillary accommodation as part of the new build. The project has been approved for delivery under the Department’s Major Capital Programme as part of Project Ireland 2040.

 

The ambitious project, announced by Minister for Education Norma Foley, is believed to cost upwards of €15m. It will be built beside the current PE Hall from lands kindly donated by the Presentation Sisters. The PE Hall, originally built in 1985 and funded by the Sisters, is also set to get an upgrade and will include new windows, shower and toilet facilities.

There’ll also be a new ASD unit with two classrooms, a therapy room and an multi-sensory room, which accommodate 12 students, doubling the current number.

Principal Roísín Moore said that they are thrilled that preparations are finally underway for the much needed facility.

“We’re thrilled,” Róisín told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s been a long battle. We’ve been in negotiations in excess of five years. The school has grown rapidly and we’ve tried to accommodate students. It’ll be great to have all students back in one building again which is great. It certainly secures the future of the school.”

She added that none of this would be possible without the help and support of the Presentation Sisters who donated the site, and the work of the Board of Management amongst others.

“We’re delighted that we’re also going to be remaining in the town. We’re currently in the process of tendering and hope to have tenders in in the next two months.”

However, she said there’s one regret that remains.

“The one regret is that our current students are unlikely to benefit from the announcement.”

Minister Foley this week said that a Service Level Agreement between CEIST and the Department has been agreed and the process of the appointment of a design team to deliver the project is underway.

“I am very pleased to announce the news that a new school has been sanctioned for St Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney. This is a welcome development for the entire school community at St Brigid’s Presentation, Killarney and a recognition of their long service and tradition of excellence in providing education for girls in Killarney town and its hinterland.”

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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