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Special guest helps raise Active Schools Flag

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By Michelle Crean

They put in the hard work to renew their Active Schools Flag - and it was a very special day when a former pupil returned to help them raise it.

It all happened in Loughquittane National School as special guest Niamh Coffey, who recently won the B Final at the European U23 Championships returned to the school for the proud moment.

"This is a Dept. of Education initiative to encourage schools to incorporate more activity into their everyday routines," John O'Donoghue, Active Schools Coordinator, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We were honoured to have Niamh Coffey return to the school to raise the flag. Niamh is a huge inspiration to us all here in Loughquittane, and indeed still has a sibling in the school."

Physical activity is hugely important in Loughquittane with many past pupils going on to excel in their chosen field, and this process is aided hugely by the Active Schools initiative, he explained.

"The Active Flag committee have representation from each room, and when they meet up they discuss what is and is not working for the various classes, as well as bringing suggestions for improving physical education in the school. It is very student led which is great."

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Activities include completing 'The Daily Mile' challenge where each child endeavours to run or walk a mile each day, cross country running in the woods opposite the school, mountain climbing, replacing a sports day with Active Week where the children spend time outdoors each day completing various activities including football, hurling, golf, dance, Pilates, aerobics as well as a whole school Sports Day which is organised and run by the older children and the entire school does it together with the emphasis being on participation rather than competition.

"All is recorded and documented and then there is an inspection process in which the school was able to successfully renew their Active Flag," he said.

"It is an easy sell to the children as they love both the activities and the fact that they can take ownership of large parts of the process themselves! Having our past pupil Niamh Coffey back to raise the flag made it even more special this time round."

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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