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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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