FOUR DECADES OF MEMORIES: The 1979 St Brigid’s Secondary School studens held their 40th school reunion celebrations at the International Hotel on Friday last. Front row: Mary G O'Sullivan, Ann MacMonagle, Abina Cremin, Irene O'Leary, Breda Murrell. Middle row: Sheila Fogarty, Breda Sugrue, Teresa Ashe and Mary Crowley. Back row from left are: Eileen Foley, Marion O'Halloran, Kay Murphy, Marie Murphy, Margaret Fitzgerald, Kathleen O'Brien, Martina Riordan, Kathleen O'Connor and Sheila Riordan. Photo: Eamonn Keogh
By Sean Moriarty
They came from as far away as Boston to celebrate 40 years since they completed the Leaving Certificate at St Brigid’s Secondary School.
Four classes of 1979 were reunited at the International Hotel on Saturday night.
The gathering was organised by Ann McMongale-Mangan who works in the HR department of the well-known town centre hotel.
The group meet as often as they can - this was their fifth official reunion since they left school - but it was extra special this time around as they were celebrating the four decades since they walked through the school gates for the final times.
Abina Cremin O’Sullivan came home from Boston to be with her former classmates.
“It was extra special this year,” organiser Ann told the Killarney Advertiser. “We created a Facebook group a few years ago and it makes it very easy to stay in touch. The hotel really pulled out all the stops as it was our 40th anniversary.”
The evening started with a meal in Hannigan’s Restaurant before the group enjoyed a sing-song in the bar afterwards.
“Not everyone could make the meal,” added Ann. “There was great craic in the bar afterwards. Martina Riordan’s daughter Rachel was playing a gig elsewhere in town and came afterwards to entertain us with her guitar.”
Therapy dog begins first day of school
By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]
By Michelle Crean
A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.
On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.
It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.
Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme.
Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.
In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.
The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.
“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.
Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.
“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.
Brian James secures much sought after award
A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]
A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.
Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.
The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.
Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.
Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.
“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”
He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.
“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”
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