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Students learn all about European politics




By Michelle Crean

Visiting the "capital the European Union" was one exciting trip for local students as they got to see world politics first hand.

EDUCATIONAL: MEP Sean Kelly pictured with students from St Brigid’s Secondary School Coláiste an Phiarsaigh Colaiste Choilm Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin and Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra during an educational trip to Brussels.

Over three very busy days, Transition Year students from St Brigid’s Secondary School, learned about the work of an MEP, the functioning of the European Parliament and Ireland’s place in the EU. Their programme included information sessions, tours and briefings at the European Parliament and the Irish Representation to the Council of the EU.

They were under the guidance of Killarney man and MEP for Ireland South and leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly. He brought them, and other students from Ireland South, there to experience the EU Parliament first hand after winning the annual ‘Meet Your MEP’ essay competition.

Those that travelled wrote winning entries on the question ‘How will the EU adapt to the effects of climate change?'.

“I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to welcome such engaged and enthusiastic students to Brussels to learn about the inner workings of the EU institutions and my work as an MEP," Mr Kelly said.


"Approximately 70% of Irish legislation originated from EU law. The work we do here in Brussels has real impact on the day-to-day lives of Irish people, and as we deal with more shared challenges - like climate or health for example - decision-making at EU-level will become even more important. For this reason, I am passionate about engaging young people in the EU. This trip was an opportunity to show students first-hand what it means to be an EU citizen, and it has proven to be extremely successful.”

During their tour of the Parliament, the students were asked what they hope for the future of the EU, Aoibhin Kelly, St Brigid’s Secondary School, said she hoped for “peace across the EU”.

“Pre-COVID-19, I organised the TY essay competition annually,” Kelly explained. “I am delighted to have it back up and running. A personal highlight from the trip was meeting with each student and hearing them present their ideas on the future of EU climate and energy policy. I was incredibly impressed with their detailed knowledge on conservation efforts, the EU energy union and renewable technologies. Our children and grandchildren will inherit the world we leave behind, it is essential that we give them a voice on such issue."

MEP Kelly will attend COP27 this weekend as a member of the delegation from the Parliament’s Industry, Energy and Research committee.

"As I told the TY students following their presentation, I will take the ideas that they shared with me to COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.”

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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 […]




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 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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Comedy drama ready for the stage

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 […]




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 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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