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Pres girls celebrate achievements at awards night

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The students of St Brigid’s Secondary School celebrated their annual award ceremony last week in the school gym, which was packed to capacity with parents, students and staff. The audience was entertained by wonderful music and singing from the choir and music students including an amazing solo by Ora Mordant.

Guest of honour was Moira Murrell, past pupil and CEO of Kerry County Council, who addressed the audience with her memories of the time she spent in St Brigid’s, emphasising the importance of education. She also encouraged the students to return and settle in Kerry after they have travelled the world, reminding them that there are wonderful job opportunities in the county.

This year was the fourth year of the Ceist Award which is presented to students in 107 Ceist schools around the country. The award is a perpetual trophy and is awarded after a process of teacher nominations to a 6th year student who best reflects the core values of Ceist, namely promoting spiritual and human development, achieving quality in learning, showing respect for everyone, creating community and being just and responsible. This year the award was presented to Siobhán Burns.

A special award was presented by Tom Tobin and Anthony O’Connor from Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club to Emma Quirke in recognition of her incredible contribution to Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club at the Castlerosse swimming club every Friday night.

Following the presentation of most of the awards, a  6th year slide-show prepared by Mr Hughes entertained a captive audience. Principle Ms Moore then addressed the audience and congratulated each and every student on their contribution to the school in the past year. She also made special mention of those who work quietly behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of St Brigid’s, with special mention of the office staff, canteen staff and the caretakers Kevin and Tim.

The final award was the Orla Benson Memorial Award. Orla was a past pupil who died tragically in 1995. Since 1997 her family generously sponsor a bursary in her memory. Aaron Benson, Orla’s brother, presented the award to Ciara Carroll who received a standing ovation from both students and staff.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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