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Rally of the Lakes worth €10 million to local economy -Chamber

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has advised local businesses to prepare for a particularly busy May Bank Holiday weekend with the 41st International Rally of the Lakes ensuring a bumper long weekend in the town.

With a value to the town of in excess of €10 million, the International Rally of the Lakes is right up there in terms of major attractions in Killarney and it creates a hugely exciting sporting spectacle for the long weekend, Chamber President Niall Kelleher said.

He stressed that the town’s tourism industry relies heavily on flagship festivals and gatherings such as the 4th July Festival, Christmas in Killarney, the St Patrick’s Festival and, more recently, the Wander Wild Festival and events like the Rally of the Lakes, the Historic Rally and Bikefest add a wonderful extra dimension and real colour to what the town can offer visitors and locals.

“Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is fully supportive of the Killarney and District Motor Club and I congratulate Clerk of the Course Darren McCormick and all involved in organising such a finely-tuned and high quality motorsport event, one of the best run of its kind in the country,” Mr Kelleher said.

He noted that Killarney has been synonymous with rallying for decades, which is hardly surprising given the terrific rally terrain it can offer, with the technically demanding stages matched only by the spectacular landscape.

“The Rally of the Lakes is very much a team Killarney effort with Gardaí, Kerry County Council, residents and businesses all playing their part and, in terms of coverage, Killarney and Kerry benefit enormously through TV, media and social media exposure.

“COVID has played spoilsport over the last two years but, on April 30 and May 1 we should forget all about the pandemic and concentrate instead on a feast of top class rallying and fun,” the Chamber President added.

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Top awards for innovative students

By Michelle Crean Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards. The five […]

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards.

The five members of ‘Operation Red’ in St Brigid’s Secondary School were celebrating this week after receiving a national Bronze Award for their project which is raising awareness about the lack of knowledge surrounding menstrual disorders. Their goal is to encourage open discussion on these issues, so no woman ever feels alone. The team will receive a prize bursary of €750, which can be put towards developing their idea and increasing the impact of their innovation.

Young Social Innovators is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of youth. Its vision is to empower, equip and inspire young people to change the world for good. The girls’ project was one of 34 shortlisted from over 400 YSI groups around Ireland.

“As part of our project we’re in the process of developing resources for the SPHE classes in our school,” Transition Year student Anna Cashman told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’ll try it here as a pilot project and branch out to other schools.”

She added that plans so far include educating students by putting an information booklet together using HSE and NHS advice.

“It’s important to have the right information as it’s a very under researched issue. We have had a positive response to it.”

Cait Fitzgerald Healy from YSI arrived to the school as a surprise to the group and presented the girls with their trophy towards the end of the online ceremony. There was huge excitement all round! Teacher and mentor Catherine O’Donoghue also received the ‘Let them Shine’ award for her involvement with YSI over the last five years.

MAKE OUR WORLD SAFER AWARD

Picking up the ‘Make Our World Safer Award’, a team from St Brendan’s College was recognised for its ‘One Punch Can Kill’ project, which aims to combat toxic masculinity and raise awareness amongst young men of the seriousness of ‘one punch attacks’.

When researching the issue, the team found that many perpetrators rarely reoffend and the percentage of male-on-male violence in society is extremely high. The group examined the route cause of the issue, which stems from a variety of factors, and wanted to raise awareness that spontaneous and random ‘one punch attacks’ can have serious and life-changing consequences.

Amongst its many actions, the team embarked on media outreach, designed and delivered student workshops, created a poster campaign, held an Anti Violence Week and is currently working on a children’s book in an effort to promote the important message that ‘One Punch Can Kill’.

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Pres footballers are in seventh heaven

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The St Brigid’s Presentation Second Year footballers were crowned County Junior B champions on Friday last following a superb seven-goal victory over Mercy Mounthawk Tralee in the Ballymac sunshine.

The girls hit the ground running, bagging two quick goals from the boots of Lily O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Cantillon.

The Pres defence was solid and dogged throughout and managed to keep Mounthawk from breaching their goal for the duration. Abby Cronin scored three goals and a point to torment the oppostion and Niamh Cantillon scored a second goal plus a point to keep the Killarney school well in front.

Further scores from Muireann Healy and a final goal from Lara O’Neill gave us a final score of 7-4 to 0-11.

It was an excellent performance from the entire team, including the substitutes who all played their part. Captain Eve Culhane proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team, and St Brigid’s, at the end of the game and joyous celebrations followed.

Congratulations to all the players and to their trainers: Mr Counihan, Ms Healy and Ms Brosnan.

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