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Science sparks winning projects for local students

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Students have proved that they are bright sparks when it comes to science after winning two awards.

The now Fifth Year students from Killarney Community College entered projects in the local SciFest competition when in Transition Year under the direction of their science teacher Michelle Brosnan.

They began the projects during lockdown and continued once back in the classroom with the help of teacher Maire Spillane.

Entries were received from schools all over Kerry and the prizes were awarded by MTU in Tralee.

"The prizes were recently delivered to the school and given to students," teacher Máire Spillane, from Killarney Community College, said. "We had one very successful project being awarded prizes in not just one but two categories!"

The three students are Rachel Griffin, Luke O'Sullivan and Liam Waldron. Their project was on ‘The Deterioration of Information through Linear Communication’. The students' project involved observing how messages decay as they are passed from person to person.

"The two categories they won prizes in were the ‘Accenture Maths in Science Award’ and they were a major award winner and in the ‘Intermediate Life Sciences’ category, they were awarded second place!" she said.

"The students received certificates, an One4all voucher and an amazing glass trophy for their efforts. The Science department and all at Killarney Community College are very proud of their accomplishments."

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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