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School chapter closes for two St Oliver’s teachers

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By Michelle Crean

They have just over a half century of teaching years combined - but on Friday it was time to close the chapter on their educational careers.

The St Oliver’s NS community came together to celebrate the teaching careers and retirements of Sheila Goulding and Mairéad Kerrisk, who have been an integral part of the school’s life.

Sheila has taught in St Oliver’s for 31 years and Mairéad for 20 years.

They gathered with family, friends, colleagues and pupils to mark the occasion of their retirements in a Mass which celebrated their teaching careers.

"It was a joyous celebration, reflecting the happy memories both teachers have of their time in the school," teacher Maria Ryan said.

"Both of the teachers have educated the children in their care with warmth, kindness and gentleness. They have embraced the uniqueness of each child and have instilled in them a sense of sharing, respect and an appreciation of the beauty of the natural environment that surrounds us."

As they bade farewell to teaching in St Oliver’s, Sheila and Mairéad acknowledged the great joy that working with the children and the school community brought them.

They are wished a very fond farewell from their friends, colleagues and pupils who hope they have a long, happy and fulfilling retirement.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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