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Students are ready to have a ball!




By Michele Crean

Get your tickets before the clock strikes midnight or it might be too late to see the incredible talents of local students on stage.

YOUR CARRIAGE AWAITS: Horse Frankie pauses in front of the cathedral with David Lynch as Prince Charming with Amy Healy as Cinderella for the launch of Killarney Community College’s Cinderella panto. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

It's the first time post-COVID that Killarney Community College has staged an event and they've an exciting night in store with their latest production 'Cinderella: A tale of love at first sight', the anarchy of societal expectations and the grandeur of romanticised patriarchy in the form of a happily ever after.

While the original screenplay offered each of these traditional aspects, there is much more to be said about the classic fairytale told from a modern perspective.

Under the direction of costume manager Mary Fuller, musical director Joanna Hughes, and producer Mike Lynch, the students have turned the children’s classic into a piece grounded in reality. And rather than presenting Cinderella in its traditional form, these talented students made a point to acquaint the characters within the production to modern representations.

Preparations for this year’s Panto have been underway since the start of the school year.

The first show debuts on Tuesday, November 8 in the school followed by a second night on Wednesday November 9. With rehearsals ongoing each week it's drawing ever closer to opening night and the cast are having a ball!

At the moment, the halls of Killarney Community College are lined with sparkles, bloomers, petticoats - you name it!

Costumes are being sown and beaded to get ready for the big dress rehearsal. The talented staff of KCC have come together to make a 'seamless' array of costumes!

"There is great excitement around the panto as it is the first production we have staged since COVID," music teacher and director, Ms Hughes, said.

"The students and staff have been putting in an enormous amount of time and effort into it with many staying back for hours after school and giving up their free time on Saturdays. We are really happy with how things are going and can't wait to bring it to the big stage and a sell out crowd."

Tickets are still on sale through the school office.

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Five questions to ask yourself before buying a stock

By Michael O’Connor, When it comes to investing, nothing is certain. There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy. […]




By Michael O’Connor,

When it comes to investing, nothing is certain.

There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy.

The truth is, investing is hard, and building a portfolio of top stocks that beat the market is something that even financial professionals have trouble doing consistently.

For most people, investing in index funds is the perfect hands-off approach, providing broad exposure to the stock market at a very low fee. Even my own personal portfolio is made up of roughly 70% ETFs despite the fact I invest in the market for a living.

But I believe some stock picking is a good strategy for many hands-on people.

Taking a small portion of your overall portfolio and diligently selecting a small number of companies to invest in gives you an opportunity to learn about the investing process and fully understand the businesses you are investing in, which helps to build conviction in your positions.

From a psychological standpoint “collector’s instinct” kicks in, enabling people to participate and invest more money over time.

Lastly, for Irish investors, there are tax benefits to consider. If you invest in individual stocks, you are taxed at the CGT rate of 33%, and the first €1,270 of your gains are exempt from CGT each year. When investing in index funds or ETFs, you are taxed at the exit tax rate of 41% with no annual exemption.

For those interested in picking individual stocks, here are five questions you should ask yourself before investing in any company.

Do I understand the business?

Too many people invest in businesses they don’t understand because it ‘sounds good’. If you have no idea how the company works, you won’t have the conviction needed to hold onto the stock when an inevitable downturn comes.

Can the balance sheet withstand severe, temporary adversity?

This seems obvious, but so many people invest in companies without understanding how much money a company holds and who they owe money to. Economic cycles are guaranteed. You must ensure that the company has enough cash-on-hand to avoid becoming obsolete when activity slows.

Will the company benefit from long-term trends?

Make sure the company will remain relevant into the future. If the stock is cheap now, it may be cheap for a reason.

Is the company enjoying profitable growth?

Not growth at all costs, but a combination of sustainable growth and value. All this information can be found online at sites like

What are the risk factors?

Is the company trying something new and untested? If yes, who are its competitors and how successful are they? If other players are more established, this company may have a tough time breaking into the market.


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Ballyspillane staff open up mental health conversation

By Michelle Crean “Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign. It’s all in partnership […]




By Michelle Crean

“Hello, How Are You?” that’s the question staff at Ballyspillane Community Centre will be asking next week as part of a new campaign.

It’s all in partnership with Mental Health Ireland (MHI) and the centre will host an information/coffee morning on Thursday next (March 30) at 12.30pm at their centre and all are welcome to attend.

The campaign initiated by MHI identifies the need for positive engagement and connections with the people around us.

It asks people to engage in open conversations about mental health and prompts us all to ask the question “How Are You?”

The word HELLO is a useful acronym to guide everyone through such conversations, H: Hello, E: Engage positively with the person, L: Listen actively, L: Learn about the person and O: seek options to assist the person if required.

“We all need a listening and compassionate ear sometimes to get us through some challenges in our lives and I think the pandemic has opened a new way of looking at the world, where we can all recognise the challenges that people experience more readily,” Derek O’Leary, Manager of Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre, said.

“Our team here are in the business of supporting families and individuals across the Killarney area and beyond and see the challenges that people face first hand. We also see the positive impact that a caring person can have in such circumstances and this campaign that encourages positive engagement, regarding mental health is a great reminder to us all, the role we can play is assisting others who are struggling.”

Ballyspillane Community & Family Resource Centre provide a suite of support and intervention services including family supports, social prescribing/community connection services and physiotherapeutic services across the Killarney municipal area and beyond.


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