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Sing-song brightens residents’ day

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SINGING: Pupils from Kilcummin National School, pictured with Garda Brendan O'Donovan, gathered outside Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Home to sing Christmas carols on Wednesday morning.

 

By Michelle Crean

Sounds of Christmas carols from young voices brought a huge sense of happiness to many in Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing Home this week.

Pupils from First and Second Class at Kilcummin National School gathered at a social distance outside the home and sang loud and proud on Wednesday morning as part of the An Garda Síochána 'Christmas Together' campaign.

The pupils were joined by the organiser, Garda Brendan O’Donovan, who collected cards created by the pupils of Kilcummin NS for the residents of the nursing home and other nursing homes in the Killarney area.

"We are encouraging families to drop presents for the residents and staff of the nursing homes in the Killarney vicinity, to Killarney Garda Station," principal Gillian Sheehan told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The cards and gifts will be dropped to the residents after undergoing a rigorous sanitising process by Garda Brendan and his colleagues at Killarney Garda Station. Thanks to Garda O'Donovan for his commitment to this festive community initiative. Thanks also to class teacher Miss McCarthy and SNA Teresa for organising the visit to the grounds of our neighbouring nursing home. We look forward to welcoming the residents back into the school in the future when it will be safe to do so. In the interim, we hope to help the An Garda Síochána 'Christmas Together' campaign with some outdoor, socially distanced, carol singing and music. Our senior pupils will spread some festive cheer to the residents of the Heather Lee Nursing Home with a short outdoor music session, thanks to teacher Mr Kelliher and Tony O’ Connor, Kilcummin Comhaltas, later this week. This event is weather dependent, so we are preparing a live Zoom session in the event that the clouds try to dampen festive spirits in Kilcummin!"

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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