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Pupils plan to spread Christmas cheer next week

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CHEER: Pupils from Mr Mannix’s Sixth Class with their cards for the residents of Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Home. 

By Michelle Crean

Not only are they writing personal letters to the elderly but local school children are planning a socially distanced visit to spread Christmas cheer.

Kilcummin NS pupils, who are part of the 'Christmas Together Campaign', organised by Garda Brendan O'Donovan, will design and write Christmas cards for each of the residents of Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Home in Kilcummin.

They then also plan to provide outdoor Christmas music on the grounds of the nursing home next Wednesday, at 11.30am.

"We visit the residents each year, but unfortunately we are unable to enter the building this year, so we have decided that one bubble from school will visit the grounds instead," Kilcummin NS principal Gilllian Sheehan said.

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"We have completed recording short virtual Christmas performances at school recently in well ventilated and sanitised rooms for very short periods of time, due to COVID-19 restrictions, to ensure that our families can enjoy some of our Christmas fun, as this has been the first year that our pupils are not afforded an opportunity to participate in our annual Christmas show in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Parents have been treated to short live virtual performances on Zoom also. We are looking forward to gathering our school community together again next Christmas, but we want to ensure that each of the boys and girls has something wonderful to look forward to each day at school during the magical Christmas season. Our Parents’ Association Christmas Memory Tree will be lit on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Church as part of our Christmas schedule. We are encouraging families to drop some Christmas gifts at the Killarney Garda Station as part of the 'Christmas Together' initiative and we are delighted to support the wonderful work that An Garda Síochána does."

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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