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Uplifting school video reaches 60k views online

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By Michelle Crean

 

What a welcome back to school it was for children in Beaufort as their Jerusalema Dance video received almost 60k views online since it was posted up just over a week ago. With a phased return for the children, it took two and a half weeks to include everyone for the uplifting video showcasing the talent from St Francis Special School.

And it was a completely inclusive four minute long video as not only were the pupils featured - but school principal Liam Twomey, and all the staff including the secretary, nurse, teachers and SNAs.

The idea was thought up by SNAs Aoife O'Connor and Shane Riordan, and teachers Mary O'Riordan and Kathleen Fitzgerald.

And it was Kathleen's son Conor who filmed the drone footage to showcase the school from overhead.

"It was brilliant," Aoife O'Connor, told the Killarney Advertiser. "It was really uplifting for us all. The drone footage really showcased the school. We only filmed it once and the weather really held off for us as well."

She added that they're overwhelmed with the amount of views, likes, comments and shares the video got.

"When we were off we saw the challenge and said it would be good to do. We're all music orientated in the school. In normal times we have the choir every Wednesday. When we saw the challenge we did it straight away when we returned but it took two and a half weeks as we had a phased reopening. The biggest thing is that it's child centred. We posted it Friday and within hours the feedback from everyone was brilliant. It's a fun thing for the kids to do and the staff, and we really enjoyed it."

The kids, and staff, were thrilled to receive a special message from Garda Mary Gardiner from Tralee Garda station, who organised the Garda version.

And, normally every year the school teams up with Killorglin Pipe Band for a fun St Patrick's Day parade but instead, due to current restrictions, next Tuesday they are planning a socially distanced St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Check out the Jerusalema video on Facebook: St Francis Special School Beaufort.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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