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Ukrainians hail the kindness of the Irish

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By Natalia Krasnenkova

War displaced Ukrainians had their first experience of the Ring of Kerry last weekend and it is fair to say that were well impressed.

COACH TOUR:Driver Con Riordan with his Ukrainian passengers on the Ring of kerry last weekend.Photo: Natalia Krasnenkova

Philip O’Callaghan of O’Callaghan Coaches & Chauffeur Services organised the trip for 50 Ukrainian

“I want to start immediately by thanking the organisers, thanks to whom this exciting journey took place,”said Yaroslava Shkurko, a teacher from Kyiv.

“I'll start with Maeve O’Connell, she works at our front desk. With Maeve, we practice learning English. It's nice to talk when she has a few minutes. When I jokingly called her my teacher, she was not confused and invited me to a lesson the next day.

“Very nice person, many thanks for the sincerity, positive attitude and desire to help solve any issues.

Of course, our driver Con Riordan is a model of tolerance and restraint. Watching us with interest, he always tried to be close and did his job perfectly, especially on the steep mountain parts of the route. We applaud.”

They visited Kerry bog village where they were able to get acquainted with the history and life of Irish society of the 19th century.

“It is nice to note that our village houses were also covered with reeds. And the interior decoration of houses is very similar to Ukrainian traditions,” added Yaroslava.

They stopped for lunch at O’Carroll’s Cove restaurant on the coast where there was another pleasant surprise. In addition to a wonderful dinner, they received a musical gift - a local band played several songs for them.

Ukrainians are a singing nation and repaid the locals for their hospitality with a mini concert of Ukrainian songs.

“I am so inspired by the nature of Ireland that I want to insert a memory card with a recording of a trip to the Ring of Kerry and review it over and over again. Green meadows, ivy-covered houses, mountains, lakes, the ocean. You would see my son rolling up his pants, running along the ocean, and my daughter throwing pebbles into the water. But the most important impression on me is made by the people who live here. This trip was a great gift for us, but most of the people who took part in it saw us for the first time. Now I see that I want to instil in my children the same kindness that I see every day in the Irish,” said Yulia Dolia from Kyiv.

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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