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Students’ award-winning invention will help improve lives

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The team from St Brigid's Presentation Secondary School.

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TAKING a bow during the week were students from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School in Killarney whose invention to help blind and vision-impaired people in their daily lives received countywide plaudits.

Under the guidance of their teacher Miriam Malone, Shannon Hanafin, Eisha Ghani and Fionnghuala Miller created the Blind Navigation and Obstacle Detector Stick and their efforts saw them rewarded with the coveted biomedical award at the SciFest in the Institute of Technology Tralee on Thursday last.

“There are about 39 billion blind people and 246 million visually impaired people around the world so we made a Blind Navigation and Obstacle Detector Stick to solve the problems faced by the blind people in their daily life. The system also takes measures to ensure their safety through the GPS,” stated the girls.
They will now go forward to the national final which will take place in Dublin in September. “We wish Shannon, Fionnghuala and Eisha as well as their teacher Ms Miriam Malone the very best of luck,” said St Brigid’s deputy principal Mairead Lucey.
 


 
Teacher Miriam Malone, Shannon Hanafin, Eisha Ghani and Fionnghuala Miller.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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