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Students’ science study highly commended at BT exhibition

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By Michelle Crean

It was tough competition up against hundreds at the 59th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) - but local students held their own when it came to their project.

The Killarney Community College Young Scientist team, made up of Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O'Sullivan, were awarded a coveted Highly Commended Rosette at this year’s awards held in Dublin last week.

Their project, 'Investigating Generalisations of Pythagoras' Theorem Using Iterated Function Systems and Hutchinson Attractors' was entered in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category.

The same group of students already received national honours this year when they won SciFest and will travel to Dallas in April to represent Ireland.

The team represented themselves admirably while speaking eloquently and knowledgeably on their project. They responded well to three days of questioning by fellow students, the general public and four rigorous rounds of judging!

They answered questions on a subject that most people would find difficult, but they explained it clearly and spoke about its everyday applications.

Their science teacher Ms Spillane, who accompanied them over the four days in Dublin said it was "a very intense four days for the students".

"They worked so hard to get here but represented themselves and the school so well. We are very proud of all their achievements this year."

The overall BT Young Scientist winners were Shane O’Connor and Liam Carew from Abbey School, Tipperary with their project 'Assessing the impact of second-level education on key aspects of adolescents’ life and development'.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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