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Time saving copies a national success for Killarney teacher

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GAME CHANGER: Killarney teacher Breda Courtney Murphy has created ‘Mrs Murphy’s Copies’ which are seeing phenomenal success nationwide.

 

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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.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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