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St Patrick’s parade in Ballyspillane

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Children living in Ballyspillane got a chance to partake in their own parade on Thursday last.

St Patrick's Day at Ballyspillane Community Centre for preschoolers and their teachers. Pictured from l-r were: Kirsty O'Carroll Christian Gabbett CJ McCarthy Noa Klesnik Paksec and Karen Foley. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Beautiful blue eyed Blondie Burke displays her artwork for the preschool’s 'pre' St Patrick's Day Parade at the Ballyspillane Community Centre on Thursday morning. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

A smile from preschoolers Amelia and Ivy O'Brien with their own version of ‘Ireland’s Call’ for parents at Ballyspillane Community Centre ahead of their very own pre-St Patrick's Day Parade for the neighbours surrounding the centre who received a personalised invitation. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Recently appointed Ballyspillane Centre Manager Derek O'Leary (right) greets the centre's preschoolers as they return from their very own St Patrick's Day Parade with their teachers and supervisors. From l-r were: Sophie Haighway Karen Foley Ewa Lenarczuk and Kirsty O'Carroll. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Enjoying dress up day at the Ballyspillane Community Centre for St Patrick's Day were: Aliya Brosnan Teacher Karen Foley and Emma Wozniak. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Enjoying dress up day at the Ballyspillane Centre for St Patrick's Day were: Alexander Waskiewiez Dylan Coffey Christopher Coffey and Santiago Gonzalez Leonor. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Teacher Kirsty O'Carroll pictured with her daughter Rosie on dress up day at the Ballyspillane Centre getting into the spirit of things for St Patrick's Day on Thursday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Happy St Patrick's Day from preschoolers Amelia and Ivy O'Brien at Ballyspillane Community Centre pictured on dress up day on Thursday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Preschoolers Aliya Brosnan and Blondie Burke sing ‘Irelands Call’ to parents at Ballyspillane Community Centre ahead of their very own pre-St Patrick's Day Parade. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

A hug during dress up day for St Patrick's Day at the Ballyspillane Centre. Pictured are Layna and Sharon O'Leary. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Morgan O'Brien enjoyed dress up day at the Ballyspillane Centre for St Patrick's Day on Thursday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The private pre-St Patrick’s Day parade came by invitation only for the lucky residents living in the square area of the Ballyspillane Community Centre.

A sea of green, white and gold and the melodious voices of 18 preschoolers and their teachers was a very special treat for the residents who enjoyed a unique version of ‘Irelands Call’ and ‘Molly Malone’ as they passed by dressed in their vibrant artwork which each child created earlier in the week.

“[It was] a busy week of artwork in Ballyspillane as the children prepared for mothers day also,” their teacher Karen Foley said.

Well known as one of The Three O’s and with the Musical Society, newly appointed manager of the centre Derek O’Leary said he was very pleased with the children’s level of creativity in the preschool and was waiting with applause on their return.

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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