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Time to get on your bike for Barraduff National School

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Cyclists get set for Barraduff NS annual resource cycle which takes place on May 22.

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WELL, the date has been named for an exciting annual event with all cyclists, sports enthusiasts and local athletes invited to get on their bikes for a very good cause as the fifth annual 80km resource cycle in aid of Barraduff National School takes place on Sunday, May 22.

The cycle will follow the same route as last year – from Barraduff school to Kilgarvan through Kenmare town, down Molls Gap into Killarney and finishing at Barraduff NS.

“Our regular cyclists tell us that this loop is the perfect preparation and practice spin for the Ring of Kerry Cycle in July,” said Sarah O’Brien of the organising committee, Barraduff NS Parents Council.

“You can set your own pace or cycle with colleagues, friends or fellow cycling club members. It’s short enough to be achievable and long enough to be challenging in a great supportive environment.”

Participants can park for free and register at Barraduff National School from 7.30am to 10am on the morning of the cycle or from 8pm to 9pm the evening before. The cost remains the same at €20 per saddle occupant and €15 for teenagers aged 16 and over.

“Once again, Whytes Centra, Killarney Road, Kenmare, will offer a discounted deal to hungry cyclists as they face the renowned climb up Molls Gap and our very welcome free water and encouragement station, sponsored by O’Donoghue’s Costcutters Shop, Barraduff Village,” added Sarah.

O’Sullivans Cycles, High Street, Killarney, will be on hand to promptly deal with any punctures or repairs needed, while the Order of Malta will be on duty for the duration of the event.

“Then it’s back to the comfort of John Dan’s Bar in Barraduff for a sup and a sandwich, with a great tasty free spread on offer, supplied by local parents and volunteer bakers,” said Sarah. “So save the date in your diary and get training for this year’s cycle through some of the Kingdom’s most amazing and breath taking scenery – you’ll be so glad you did it!”

Barraduff NS Parents Council is hoping for a great turn-out again this year to raise funds for that will be used to purchase IT equipment and teaching aids, which will be of enormous benefit to all of the students.

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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