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Talented Chloe jumps for joy at Australian Irish Dancing Championships

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Chloe Peirce who won the Australian Irish Dancing Championships at the weekend.

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Chloe Peirce with her mum and dad Tony and Breeda.

A MOTHER-AND-DAUGHTER with strong Killarney links have reeled in plaudits at the Australian Irish Dancing Championships.

Chloe Peirce, 19, was jumping for joy when she won the championships, which were held in Hobart, Tasmania, at the weekend.

Chloe is a pupil of Scoil Ard Rince in Brisbane which is run by her mother Breeda Peirce (Horgan) who is from St Brendan's Terrace, Killarney.

Breeda has been teaching dance in Australia for 25 years now and her school is one of Australia's leading Irish dance schools. "The championships move from state to state around Australia and run over six days with over 1000 dancers competing," said Breeda.

This was Chloe's sixth national title to add to her 11 Queensland State titles. This also qualifies her to compete at the upcoming world championships in Dublin next Easter with 16 other dancers from the school who have also qualified.

Chloe was also one of the dancers to receive a bursary to help offset the costs. "The school hopes to bring a number of dancers to Dublin in 2017," said Breeda.

Chloe had trained in Killarney with her aunt, Breeda's sister Norrie Sheehan, and Aine Murphy from the Sheehan Murphy School of Irish Dancing which greatly helped in her title win this weekend.

"The dancers are very excited to be returning to Ireland for the world championships as it's the first time they are back in Ireland in five years," said Norrie.

Interest in Irish dancing in Australia continues to intensify, added Breeda. "Scoil Ard Rince has grown from a small school run as a hobby to now having almost 100 pupils in the Brisbane area through to the Sunshine Coast," she said.

"With increased emigration from Ireland there are more Irish families looking to continue the culture and the school also offers a fun and fitness adult class called Reelfit."

Twenty-one of Scoil Ard Rince's dancers also placed at the nationals with five other dancers with podium finishes. "All Ceili teams also placed highly at the championships at the weekend which were all in all a very successful championships," said Breeda.

Breeda is also an adjudicator and examiner and judges Irish dancing competitions all over the world.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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