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Sadbh’s arty idea wins Bright Spark Award

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By Michelle Crean

A 12-year-old's business idea was a winner in this year's Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) as she scooped the Bright Spark Award.

TROPHY: Sadbh O’Halloran Kilcummin National School was also awarded the joint Garda Blitz Player of the Tournament trophy last week.

MENTOR: Teacher Mike Murphy from Kilcummin National School whose class participated in JEP 2022.

Sixth Class pupil Sadbh O’Halloran (12), who has just finished in Kilcummin National School, came up with the Pebble Art project.

Sadbh creates beautiful, original pieces of art using pebbles and other natural materials and gives her unique pieces as gifts to family and friends for special occasions. The Bright Spark award recognises the creativity of individual pupils who pitch novel ideas at the idea generation stage of JEP.

Nine thousand children from three hundred schools nationally launched start-up businesses while still in primary school. During the 12th year of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) they experienced what it’s like to be a start-up entrepreneur, doing market research and agonising over their final business plan before investing their own cash and putting their business in motion. The pupils combined their innate creativity with the skills they developed on the programme to create original products and launch businesses ranging from board games to storybooks to high-end craft and educational products.

"We are very proud of all her achievements and we wish her well as she starts the next chapter in her education at secondary school," Principal of Kilcummin NS Gillian Sheehan told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We will miss Sadbh and we look forward to hearing about the very bright future that lies ahead of this 'Bright Spark'!

Brilliant Beads was another successful project, undertaken by Mr Murphy’s Fifth and Sixth Class and SNA, Margaret Nagle O’ Neil. The children designed and created customised bracelets, as their JEP business idea.

Sadbh was also separately awarded the joint Garda Blitz Player of the Tournament trophy, a great achievement as this is the first time that the award was presented to female players.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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