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Successful Open Night at Killarney Community College

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OPEN NIGHT: Dawn Carmody and Ms Edwina Duggan (Spanish Teacher) pictured at the Killarney Community College open night on Monday night last.
 
There were magnificent crowds of parents and students through the doors of Killarney Community College on Monday night last.
 
Doors opened at 6.30pm and a beautiful smell of freshly baked cupcakes wafted through the assembly area from the Home Economics room as everyone experienced all the various subject areas and modern facilities during their annual open night.
 
Science rooms experimented with light and students also got to witness and take part in the dissection of hearts, kidneys and livers. The practical rooms displayed beautiful creations made by the students and the grand piano echoed sweet music from the general purpose area throughout the evening.
 
“Our music students showcased their talents while rehearsing for the upcoming pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.
“The PE Department showcased the method of assessment that is now used in the Short Course in Junior Cycle. Students demonstrated their gymnastic abilities while Ms.
Maher explained to the parents how this assessment is recorded and graded using the college’s new ICT devices. Resource area three was a hive of activity with students demonstrations of the Vex Robotics designed and coded by our students. All subjects were on display with teachers talking to parents and students about different aspects of their particular subject.”
 
Principal Stella Loughnane in her address explained how Killarney Community College is a very progressive school, highlighting the curricular development in Computer Coding in the new Junior Cycle, and the college’s involvement as a consultation school for the new Senior Cycle among other areas. Mrs. Loughnane went on to explain how the school provides excellent learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities alike. She explained to parents the high level of results achieved by recent Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle students.
Killarney Community College fully embraces new technologies and has recently implemented the innovative computer system Microsoft 365 which is helping the students be prepared for the future world of learning and work. Currently students are communicating on a daily basis with their teachers through Microsoft 365. Parents on the night commented on the ease of movement around the school and the very obvious rapport between teachers and students including the warmth and caring environment that is a hallmark of Killarney Community College.
 
“Overall Monday night was a wonderful success due to the hard work and dedication of the management and staff of the college.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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