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INCLUSIVE: Students and staff at Killarney Community College wore rainbow colours on Friday last to show that their school is an inclusive environment.

By Michelle Crean

Staff and students in Killarney Community College were invited to participate and show their support for Stand Up Week by wearing a rainbow colour to demonstrate that their school is a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all.

Students who made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow colours were awarded house points.
During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was flying outside and hanging proudly in the school canteen. In SPHE classes, students had discussions around what it means to LGBT in Ireland, words they use and why they are important, and tips on standing up to language that hurts.

"It's important to get the message across to everyone in the college and community that our school is a safe and welcoming environment for all our students and that we will not stand or tolerate bullying in any form when it comes to LGBTQ matters," Principal Stella Loughnane said.

"This was a day of celebration, colour and inclusion highlighting and educating everyone in relation to LGBTQ discrimination."

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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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