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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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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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Jesse Buckley’s latest blockbuster showing at Killarney cinemas

  Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas ‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities. Set in a sleepy seaside […]

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Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas

‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities.

Set in a sleepy seaside village in 1920s England, the plot centres on two women who fall out after Edith Swan (played by Olivia Colman) accuses Buckley’s character Rose Gooding of sending poison and anonymous letters’ and things get very heated between the two.

The Irish Film Institute says: “ This delightfully foul-mouthed comedy gives free reign to the considerable comedic talents of Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley to uproarious effect.”

Rose Gooding is described as a rambunctious Irish immigrant while Edith Swan , a spinster living with her dictatorial father is their next door neighbour.

“Relations between the pair are frosty at best, and when Edith starts receiving truly foul anonymous letters, accusing the god-fearing woman of all manner of unspeakable degradations, the finger of guilt would appear to point squarely at Rose. The letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues,” adds the Irish Film Institute.

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