GAME CHANGER: Killarney teacher Breda Courtney Murphy has created ‘Mrs Murphy’s Copies’ which are seeing phenomenal success nationwide.
By Michelle Crean
One Killarney woman has changed the future of teaching by developing a ‘game changer’ set of copies for all primary school pupils.
Breda Courtney Murphy, who is originally from St Brendan’s Place and now living in Coolcorcoran, has created a whole year's writing programme from Junior Infants up to Sixth Class.
The Holy Cross Mercy school teacher, who has 39 years experience teaching all ages, has spent countless hours over the years as part of the job dotting copies for her young pupils to help them master the art of writing.
Last year she launched ‘Mrs Murphy’s Copies’, pre-cursive copies for Junior and Senior Infants designed by Damien Switzer Creative Director at KC Print in Lissivigeen, to help teachers save time preparing work.
It received such phenomenal success that Breda decided to create more for the older classes, this time cursive copies from First Class to Sixth and maths copies for Junior and Senior Infants, which have been very well received by teachers nationally.
“For years I taught Junior Infants and I saw the need for this type of teaching material,” Breda told the Killarney Advertiser.
“Like all teachers, I spent years dotting copies and it’s so time consuming.”
It all began four years ago when she decided to follow her passion and set up BCM Publishing Ltd.
She firstly produced the pre-reading/pre-writing skills book for Junior Infants called ‘Start!’.
“Then I decided to follow my dream of producing pre-prepared copies. Last year I launched the Junior and Senior Infant pre-cursive copies and I got great feedback. There was a great reaction nationally. One teacher said that the time she is going to save on dotting copies can now be put to better use to benefit the children.”
Having done further research, Breda decided this year to proceed with cursive copies for the older aged primary school children. These copies, while teaching the cursive script are full of fun and interesting activities.
For now, the copies which are printed by KC Print in Lissivigeen, are available to buy online at EDCO, the Educational Company of Ireland, and will be available in book shops as soon as bookshops open.
What to look out for when viewing second hand homes
By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]
By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY
After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.
Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.
This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.
When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.
If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?
Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.
In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.
Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.
Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?
It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.
And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.
Bus to Belfast to stay on the road
A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]
A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.
Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.
The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.
“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.
“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”
The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.
Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.
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