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St Oliver’s is a hub of Irish activity

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St Oliver’s National School is embracing our native language, participating in a number of events to mark ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’.

From Irish performances and interviews to Irish Spelling Bees and Irish poetry writing, the school is a hub of Irish activity!

Recently, Kerry Comhaltas ran a ‘Cum Dán’ competition. Children from Third to Sixth Class all over Kerry were invited to write an Irish poem based on the theme of ‘Saoirse’ meaning freedom.

St Oliver’s pupils embraced this challenge, coming up with some wonderful poems through the medium of Irish. Three of the pupils were awarded prizes at the Munster Technological University (MTU) on Sunday last.

Rian Gleeson and Daniel Quinlan from Ms O’Donoghue’s class won second place and a Teastais Fiúntais (merit award) respectively in the Third/Fourth Class category and Jagoda Szwedo from Ms Brosnan’s Sixth Class also won a Teastais Fiúntais (merit award) in the Fifth/Sixth Class categories.

To further mark Seactain na Gaeilge, co-ordinated by Mr Gleeson, pupils from St Oliver’s will participate at 12 o’clock Mass in the Cathedral on St Patrick’s Day.

"The children will lead us in prayer through Irish and members of the Glenflesk Comhaltas branch will provide Irish music," St Oliver's teacher and Chairperson of Glenflesk CCE, Micheál Gleeson, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It will be an uplifting Mass to celebrate our patron saint. We would love to see as many children and families as possible. 'Is fearr Gaeilge briste, ná Béarla cliste'!"

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic […]

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Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition. 

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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