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School’s out after 34 years for Lissivigeen principal

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By Michelle Crean 

Throughout his lifetime he has spent a total of 34 years at Lissivigeen National School but last week it was time to say goodbye to a job he loves as Mike McAuliffe retired.

PRESENTATION: Seamus Clifford (Board of Management at Lissivigeen NS) making a presentation to Principal Mike McAuliffe on his retirement. From l-r were: Vice Principal Ellen Cagney Fr Kieran O'Brien Bernie McAuliffe Principal Mike McAuliffe and Seamus Clifford. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

RETIREMENT: Principal Mike McAuliffe retires from Lissivigeen NS. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

280 pupils, staff, Board of Management and parents surprised Mike in the schoolyard on the pupil's last day of term - also his last as principal to the children - on Friday last.

It was an emotional occasion for him as Mike not only taught at the school, later taking on role of principal - but attended as a pupil.

"It was emotional," Mike told the Killarney Advertiser. "They gave me a lovely send off."

In 1968 Mike began his education in the then newly opened Lissivigeen NS, across from the old school.

After eight years there he went on to The Sem, and trained as a teacher in St Pat's in Dublin from 1981 to 1984. He took up his first teaching position in St Bernadettes in Clondalkin before the lure of Kerry called him back to his home place of Lissivigeen.

That was in 1995 and he taught at his current school before taking up the role of principal in 2007.

"Bernadette Noonan was the principal at the time when I started. She had taught me previously."

His new position wasn't a principal/teacher role like some schools which meant a huge change in career.

"I was an admin principal," Mike explained. "It was a huge change and I did miss the teaching, especially at the start."

He paid huge credit to the team behind him who worked so seamlessly over the years making his job easier.

"We have magnificent teaching staff at the school which made my job very easy. Also, the ancillary staff. They are so helpful and dedicated. We have a great Parents Association who are also so supportive."

He added that the final two years of school life have been so much different to what he had ever experienced before.

"The last two years have been the strangest, adapting to online learning. It's very strange to be finally finishing up - it's been part of my life for so long. I have no plans as of yet, maybe a little bit of golf and see what comes my way."

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PRESENTATION: Seamus Clifford (Board of Management at Lissivigeen NS) making a presentation to Principal Mike McAuliffe on his retirement. From l-r were: Vice Principal Ellen Cagney Fr Kieran O'Brien Bernie McAuliffe Principal Mike McAuliffe and Seamus Clifford. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

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RETIREMENT: Principal Mike McAuliffe retires from Lissivigeen NS. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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