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Spook-tacular short stories will give you a scare!

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By Michelle Crean

Emerging young writers got a chance to dig deep into their imaginations to bring out their scariest stories as part of a local writing competition.

HALLOWE’EN COMP: Pictured at Killarney Community College receiving their prizes for the annual Hallowe’en Post Primary writing competition were winners from St Olivers National School. Front: Julia Brzozowska, Cora O’Sullivan and Jessica McCrohan. Back row: Louise O’Donoghue (Teacher St Oliver’s) KCC Principal Stella Loughnane, Dylan Tucker (Transition Year student KCC), Cian Tobin (Teacher St Oliver’s) and Tara O’Shea (English Teacher KCC). Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

PRIZES: Pictured at Killarney Community College receiving their prizes for the annual Hallowe’en Post Primary writing competition were winners from neighbouring school The Mon. Front l-r were winners James Whelan, Oscar Gao and Denis Zidek. Back row l-r were: KCC Principal Stella Loughnane, Cillian Fitzgerald (Teacher Presentation Monastery), Mike Pfister (Transition Year student KCC), and Chloe Dennehy (English teacher). Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

PRIZE-GIVING: Students and teachers from Killarney Community College, The Mon, Holy Cross Mercy and St Olivers National School, pictured at Killarney Community College for the prize-giving for the annual HalloweÕen Post Primary writing competition. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Pupils from St Oliver’s, Holy Cross Mercy and Presentation Monastery schools showcased their creativity and writing skills as part of the Killarney Community College primary school writing competition.

This year’s pupils were invited to submit a short story with the theme of Hallowe'en and competition was very stiff with almost 300 entries.

Transition Year students in the college along with their English teachers Tara O’Shea and Chloe Dennehy ran the competition as part of their creative writing module in English.

"The college would like to take the time to thank all of the students who took the time and effort to submit an entry," English teacher, Tara O’Shea, said.

"Huge praise must go to their class teachers for their guidance and encouragement throughout the experience. Standards were exceptionally high," she said.

"The KCC English Department were in awe of their creativity, use of language and general expression to produce spooky short stories worthy of a read around any bonfire on Hallowe'en night.”

On presenting the awards, Principal Stella Loughnane commended all award recipients and the wonderful teamwork of the teachers and students in the community.

“We endeavour to improve literacy levels within our own school and it was great to create links with local primary schools to share a similar vision,” she said.

First prize was a €50 One4all Gift Card for each school while second and third place winners received a bag of Hallowe'en treats.

Congratulations to all award winners:

St Oliver’s
1st Cora O’Sullivan
2nd Jessica McCrohan
3rd Julia Brzozowska

Holy Cross Mercy
1st Michelle Malinowska
2nd Claire Lyne
3rd Liadh Counihan

Presentation Monastery
1st James Whelan
2nd Oscar Gao
3rd Denis Zidek

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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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