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Pupils and staff say farewell to principal Paul

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By Michelle Crean

A much loved school principal got a great send off last week ahead of beginning a new role with the National Council for Special Education.

FAREWELL: Paul Favier pictured with the school's Board of Management on his last day as principal of Glenflesk National School.

Staff, pupils, the Board of Management, parents, family members and Fr Nicholas Flynn gathered in Glenflesk National School to say a final farewell to Paul Favier who has been with the school for 11 years.

A number of presentations and speeches were made followed by tea and cake.

"Paul is moving on to a new job as a Special Educational Needs Organiser 'SENO'," Michael McGillicuddy, a member of the Board of Management told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We had speeches, the Board of Management made a presentation, the staff also made a presentation and the children presented him with a scrapbook that they had made. We had invited Paul's parents Dan and Marian, his sister Danielle and his brother Ollie whose children attend the school."

There was also a night out in Spillane's in Barraduff that weekend, he added.

Michael added that Paul worked very hard in the school over the years.

"He did more than what the job entailed, he put in a lot of work behind the scenes. He was the chairperson of Erasmus and organised all the trips away and generated a lot of money that way. He'll be greatly missed."

Next week the school will welcome Michael O'Sullivan from Kilcummin who will take up the role of principal.

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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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