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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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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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