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Students honoured at school awards ceremony

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STUDENT OF THE YEAR: Pictured at Killarney Community College on graduation evening receiving the Student of the Year Awards were Alex Quinn (left) and Aoife O’Brien (right) with their Principal Stella Loughnane. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

It was a star-studded occasion in Killarney Community College last week as teachers, students and parents assembled for the annual awards ceremony via an online link to honour and recognise Sixth Year students in the college.

The awards night at Killarney Community College was always an annual tradition in the college which gives the whole school community an opportunity to reflect on some of the achievements of the Sixth Year students.

“Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebrations were a little different but nonetheless it did not overshadow or deter us from celebrating the achievements of some of our remarkable and worthy students,” awards coordinator Tara O’Shea said.

“Awards were presented across a range of categories: academia, leadership, ethos, amongst others. It is always a great evening and an opportunity to honour those who have excelled.”

Principal Stella Loughnane commended all award recipients and the wonderful teamwork of the teachers and staff for the awards night.

Alex Quinn and Aoife O’Brien were voted by the teachers as the Students of the Year. Alex was described by teachers as a gentleman, who is warm, kind and helpful to all. He was given the award as he sees ways of overcoming obstacles and is excellent in adapting to change. He is seen to be supportive and empathetic towards his peers and is often seen to be helpful to others in a quiet, subtle and unassuming way.

Aoife won the award as she fully embraced her time in Killarney Community College. She volunteered herself wholeheartedly for all school events. She shone a light with sheer enthusiasm and interest in the school and committed herself one hundred percent in every activity, subject and module that she participated in.

Stefan Lajtar (centre), received the Principal’s Award at Killarney Community College, pictured with English and Sports Teacher Brian O’Reilly (left) and Principal Stella Loughnane (right). Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

The prestigious Principal’s Award went to Stefan Latjar. Stefan has lead the way by showing his commitment to his studies, demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much.

“Since starting in Killarney Community College this student has gone about their work and studies in a quiet unassuming mature way. Always interested in the task at hand, this student has lead the way academically demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much,” Ms Loughnane said in her speech.

Winner of Contribution to the Life of the School, Sinead Gleeson (centre) pictured with Music Teacher Johanna Hughes (left) and Principal Stella Loughnane (right). Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

Contribution to the Life of the School award was presented to Sinead Gleeson. She has excelled in many aspects of school life, especially music. She has been a wonderful musical addition to the college, and has been both generous with her talent and her time. She was chosen for this award for her total commitment to the life of the school.

Caoimhe Fleming and Ben Herlihy were presented with the award for Living the Ethos. Both students have been constantly involved in promoting the school ethos of “Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion” throughout their years studying in the college. Over their time in Killarney Community College they have both been involved in many projects. Their passion, innovation, dedication and care is an inspiration to all students in this school.

Pictured on graduation evening at Killarney Community College were: Caoimhe Fleming and Ben Herlihy joint winners of Living the Ethos of the School Award, with Principal Stella Loughnane and Marcia Kissane, LCA Coordinator. Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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