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TWO YEAR PROJECT: Glenflesk NS and Raheen NS have joined forces as they take part in a special European project with a Polish school.

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Two small rural schools from Killarney have teamed up with a Polish school for a two year long project – focusing on diet, exercise, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.

Neighbouring schools Glenflesk NS and Raheen NSwill receive funding to participate in an EU Programme aimed at supporting education, training, youth and sport among young people in Europe.

The project ‘I’m a Super Duper Healthy Trooper’ is part of the Erasmus + Programme to encourage children to examine aspects of their lives and try to make changes to their lifestyles that will have a lifelong impact.

The schools involved, including Jaworzno, near Krakow, hope to achieve this by getting children, teachers and parents to examine their diets, exercise, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.

The Irish National Agency, Léargas, was impressed by the application as the schools aim to foster autonomy in all their pupils where they will learn and practice how to look after their minds and bodies. The children will keep a diary for the duration of the project and this will help them to evaluate their progress. The children will also learn about each other’s countries, schools, cultures and localities.

“Glenflesk and Raheen are delighted to be part of this wonderful initiative and both schools are excited about the two year journey,” Principal of Glenflesk National School, Paul Favier, said:

“It’s a great opportunity for two small rural schools in Kerry to be involved at European level. We look forward to sharing experiences with our partners in Poland, learning from each other and making lots of new friends along the way.”

Joan Mullane, Principal of Raheen NS, added that the most exciting part of the project for the children will be when the pupils get to visit each other’s schools two years in a row.

“Fifth and Sixth class pupils from Glenflesk NS and Raheen NS will travel to Poland in May 2020 and again in May 2021 for five days to meet their counterparts in Poland. The students from Poland will also visit Killarney to spend time in Glenflesk NS and Raheen NS.”

 

 

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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