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By Michelle Crean  

Key moments of the adventures and new experiences were remembered at a graduation ceremony this week. 

Transition Year students from Killarney Community College pictured with their awards on Tuesday.

Students from Transition Year at Killarney Community College spoke about their journey including Theatre Studies, Yoga, Law Education Programme, First Aid, Outdoor Activities, Work Experience, Community Work, Young Social Innovators, Minicompany, Gaisce, the list goes on.

The celebration was presented by TY coordinator Lorraine Crowley, who congratulated the TY Class of 2022 on their many magnificent achievements throughout this TY year.

The graduation ceremony opened on Tuesday with the whole class singing 'Riptide' by Vance Joy, while playing Ukuleles, a skill they learned in music during TY.

"Our students showed great resilience, empathy and kindness all year long and flourished into an amazing little family of support for one another," teacher Lorraine said.

"They should be very proud of themselves when we look at all the awards won and certificates completed in the different courses and programmes."

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A special part of the afternoon was the presentation of special certificates given for Best Overall Logbook Award 2022 which went to Katie Herlihy, Empathy and Kindness Award 2022 Blanca Beltran Juan, Most Empowered Student of TY 2022 Sophie Jacobi, Generosity of Spirit and Talent Award 2022 Chloe Lynch Herlihy, Commitment and Dedication Award 2022 Ona Moreno Font, and the big award: TY Student of the Year 2022 was awarded to Tamika Heaphy. 

A new award this year, a Certificate of Appreciation was presented to each student of Transition Year for their voluntary work completed with Killarney Lions Club and St Francis Special School in Beaufort.

Denis Doolin from Killarney Lions Club and Elaine Moore from St Francis Special School congratulated the TY class on the day for the amazing work they completed, raising almost €1,000 for the Killarney Lions Club, planting trees with them for World Tree Day in March, and creating a sensory library for the students at St Francis Special School in Beaufort. Both Elaine and Denis commended the students on their giving and support in their community throughout the year.

Nine TY students were presented their Bronze Gaisce President's Award by Eva Lyne. Eight students received their Level 6 Certificate in Digital Skills for STEM that they completed throughout the year in conjunction with MTU, Microsoft Ireland and Maynooth University. These eight students will be awarded 50 extra points after their Leaving Cert for a STEM course in MTU. Rabea Fluegel and Angelina Kendel were also commended for getting to the finals of the BT Young Scientist with their project 'How Quarantine and Home Office Affects our Psyche'.

Chloe Lynch Herlihy, winner of Who's Got Talent 2022, sang 'The Climb' by Miley Cyrus. The whole class sang 'Memories' at the end of the ceremony that they had re worded for the class.

According to Lorraine it was "another hugely successful Transition Year in the college".

"It is always amazing to see all of the achievements by our students and to see them grow throughout the year. The students excelled personally, academically and in their extra-curricular activities."

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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