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Students get in gear for national race car design programme

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RACING AHEAD: The members of the St Brigid's Secondary School's Formula 1 team are Ella Galvin (Resource Manager and Graphic Designer) and Kayla Byrne (Manufacturing & Design Engineer). Back row l-r: Ilona Sheehan (Team and Finance Manager) and Grace Daly (Marketing and Sponsorship Manager).

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Transition Year students at St Brigid’s Secondary School will learn this week if they have been accepted in the prestigious nationwide 'F1 in Schools Ireland' competition.

 

The school has entered two teams and if either team is successful, they will become the first students from Kerry to participate in the nationwide competition that encourages STEM education through the design and build of a real-life racing car.

The students on Team Vroom-Vroom are Ilona Sheehan, Kayla Byrne, Grace Daly and Ella Galvin.

Representing Team Mario Cart are Alanna Brady, Kate Donoghue, Meadhbh Bennett and Abbie Daly.
Both teams have submitted a five-page plan to the competition organisers and will know on Monday if they have been selected to participate in the regional finals which are scheduled to take place in February and March.

“We decided to enter because there is such a broad range in the project. Two of us want to study physics, one of us wants to study marketing and one of us is into engineering and this project covers all of that,” Vroom Vroom team manager Ilona Sheehan told the Killarney Advertiser. “We have submitted our plan, which includes a CAD drawing of our racing car, and will know early next week if we make it to the regionals.”

They have secured financial backing from Formula Female, an organisation set up by Irish international hockey star and motorsport data engineer Nicci Daly to encourage more females to follow an engineering path in education and career choice.

The internationally recognised competition is endorsed by the Formula 1 Grand Prix Championship.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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