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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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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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