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By Michelle Crean

Even though the Junior Cert results were two months later than usual it didn't stop some students from feeling the nerves on Wednesday afternoon.

Students at Killarney Community College pictured with Vice Principal Eilish O'Leary and Principal Stella Lougnane (centre) minutes after receiving their Junior Cert results. Front row l-r were: Darragh McSweeney Sean Daly Conor O'Grady Daniel O'Connor and Mantas Bendzius. Back row l-r were: Rory O'Leary Dylan Tucker Fionn O'Shea Darren Lowe Jacob Palveloszek O'Shea Luke Roche Mike Pfister and Tom Reen. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Year Head and Teacher Martina Hegarty (left) pictured with Aliza Gul (centre) and Ava Sheahan (right) as they received their Junior Certificate results at Killarney Community College on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Micheal Fitzgerald Killarney Community College pictured with his mom Breda Fitzgerald who is also an Irish teacher at the college as he received his Junior Cert results on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Murigi Karinki (left) goes through his Junior Cert results with Helena O'Sullivan at Killarney Communion College on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Smiles all round as Amy Healy goes through her Junior Cert results with her mom and teacher Dympna Healy at Killarney Community College on Wednesday. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

There were some delighted students at Killarney Community College when they received their Junior Cert results on Wednesday mafternoon. Pictured with Principal Stella Loughnane from l-r were: Eillie Coffey Rhea O'Sullivan Layla Williams Gearring Aoibhinn McCrank and Sadhbh Stack. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Thi Que Kennedy Lucy Keane and Leah Clarke were all smiles at St Brigid's minutes after getting their hands on the Jr Cert results on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Michelle Crean

Aoife McClarence Nicole Murphy and Elizabeth Fleming were very happy after getting their hands on their Jr Cert results in St Brigid's on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Michelle Crean

Tim Daly Michale Pingo and James Anderson all said they were "happy out" after opening their results in St Brendan's College on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Michelle Crean

Daithi O'Shea Bryn Flaherty Dara Stack and Diarmuid Furlong from St Brendan's College holding their Jr Cert results on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Michelle Crean

Mark Cronin and Lucas Cronin from St Brendan's College pictured moments after getting their long-awaited Jr Cert results in their hands on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

Hundreds of students across the three Killarney secondary schools anxiously took their envelopes in their hands and hoped for the best.

And the general feeling was relief across the board - some even saying due to the delay that the results didn't even matter anymore.

Fifth Year Killarney Community College student Rhea O'Sullivan was very happy to get her results.

"I'm absolutely over the moon with my results," she told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We all worked hard. Everyone at KCC is so happy and relieved to finally get them after such a long wait."

Her friend and classmate Aoibhinn McCrank said she too was "overjoyed" to finally get her results back.

"It was such an exciting time to share with my friends and family," she said.

Thi Que Kennedy, Lucy Keane and Leah Clarke were all smiles at St Brigid's minutes after getting their hands on the Jr Cert results.

"I kinda forgot it was happening today [Wednesday] but it was nice to finally get them and I'm very happy with my results," Thi Que told the Killarney Advertiser.

Her friend Lucy Keane was smiling also.

"I'm pretty happy overall. I didn't know what to expect as it [exams] was so long ago."

Leah said she too was happy. "I'm glad we finally got them."

For Fifth Year students Ciara O'Sullivan, Laura Fitzgerald and Laura Flynn in St Brigid's it was also relief.

"I haven't stopped shaking with happiness. I'm in shock that I did so well," Ciara said.

For Laura Fitzgerald it was also an anxious morning.

"I'm happy with them. I'm relieved to finally get them."

Aoife McClarence, Nicole Murphy and Elizabeth Fleming in St Brigid's were also beaming with smiles.

Aoife was chuffed to make it into the top two percent for Distinctions in Ireland.

"I'm shocked and delighted," she said. "It was worth waiting for!"

Nicole was also stunned with her results.

"I'm shocked that I did so well. I completely forgot about them [exams] because we were waiting for so long."

Elizabeth said she was surprised but happy.

"I've kinda moved on."

Tim Daly, Michale Pingo and James Anderson all said they were "happy out" after opening their results in St Brendan's College on Wednesday afternoon.

Mark Cronin from St Brendan's College said he was happy to finally get the results.

Lucas Cronin said that "it took too long to get the results". "I would have preferred to get them two months ago."

Daithi O'Shea, Bryn Flaherty, Dara Stack and Diarmuid Furlong also from St Brendan's College said they were glad to get them.

"I'm happy out. I did well enough," Dara said.

Diarmuid added that he's "very happy".

"I'm very happy with my results. I didn't mind waiting that long, it's good to finally get them."

Principal of Killarney Community College, Stella Loughnane, said that the Junior Cert results are "important" and "serve as a huge milestone in young students' lives".

"I believe that the students who received their results this year should be commended for their commitment to learning in the midst of a pandemic and limited teaching time within the classroom at various stages in their junior cycle," she told the Killarney Advertiser.

"This group has been through it all. Their excellent academic achievements and resilience will serve them well as they continue their academic journey into the Leaving Cert cycle. I am immensely proud of my students and dedicated staff. These Junior Cert results are important and serve as a huge milestone in our young students' lives. It's important to celebrate and acknowledge all our pupils achievements while in school. I don't think the date the results came out on can take away from that."

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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