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Veteran car club first to appoint Youth Officer

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Kingdom Veteran Vintage and Classic Car Club (KVVCCC) has become the first organisation in Ireland of its kind to appoint a Youth Officer.

At the club’s recent Annual General Meeting Alan Fitzell from Lisselton was appointed to this new role to protect the future of the club.

KVVCCC is the biggest car club in Kerry and the only one affiliated to the national federation for such clubs.
It was founded in 1979 and continues to grow and expand to this day. The oldest car in the club is a 1922 Peugeot but there's a growing number of owners of modern classics from the 1980s and 1990s on the club’s books too.

Like nearly every club in the county, KVVCCC is managed by a group that have been in their positions for many years.

Members felt that by appointing a Youth Officer the club would be able to protect its future by encouraging the next generation of classic car enthusiasts to get more involved in activities.

Alan Fitzell accepted that role at the club’s AGM in February and last week attended his first club meeting as a committee member.

A life-long Ford fan, he owns a 1956 Ford Anglia.

“We have a lot of younger members that join and we don’t see them too much afterwards,” he said. “Part of my role is to get these members to attend more shows and runs and support some of the charity events. We also welcome new members.”

The full committee elected at last month’s AGM are: President Francie Cantillon; Chair Tony Hehir; Vice-Chair Joe O’Sullivan; Secretary Garrett Foley; Treasurers George Glover and Aine Doyle; Youth Officer Alan Fitzell; Club Merchandise Lukas and Sylwia Warcaba; Webmaster Chris Foley and Richard Bono who is entering his 20th year on the committee.

The club is preparing for its annual Ring of Kerry Run which will take place in May – further details including date to be announced in due course.

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Top awards for innovative students

By Michelle Crean Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards. The five […]

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards.

The five members of ‘Operation Red’ in St Brigid’s Secondary School were celebrating this week after receiving a national Bronze Award for their project which is raising awareness about the lack of knowledge surrounding menstrual disorders. Their goal is to encourage open discussion on these issues, so no woman ever feels alone. The team will receive a prize bursary of €750, which can be put towards developing their idea and increasing the impact of their innovation.

Young Social Innovators is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of youth. Its vision is to empower, equip and inspire young people to change the world for good. The girls’ project was one of 34 shortlisted from over 400 YSI groups around Ireland.

“As part of our project we’re in the process of developing resources for the SPHE classes in our school,” Transition Year student Anna Cashman told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’ll try it here as a pilot project and branch out to other schools.”

She added that plans so far include educating students by putting an information booklet together using HSE and NHS advice.

“It’s important to have the right information as it’s a very under researched issue. We have had a positive response to it.”

Cait Fitzgerald Healy from YSI arrived to the school as a surprise to the group and presented the girls with their trophy towards the end of the online ceremony. There was huge excitement all round! Teacher and mentor Catherine O’Donoghue also received the ‘Let them Shine’ award for her involvement with YSI over the last five years.

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Picking up the ‘Make Our World Safer Award’, a team from St Brendan’s College was recognised for its ‘One Punch Can Kill’ project, which aims to combat toxic masculinity and raise awareness amongst young men of the seriousness of ‘one punch attacks’.

When researching the issue, the team found that many perpetrators rarely reoffend and the percentage of male-on-male violence in society is extremely high. The group examined the route cause of the issue, which stems from a variety of factors, and wanted to raise awareness that spontaneous and random ‘one punch attacks’ can have serious and life-changing consequences.

Amongst its many actions, the team embarked on media outreach, designed and delivered student workshops, created a poster campaign, held an Anti Violence Week and is currently working on a children’s book in an effort to promote the important message that ‘One Punch Can Kill’.

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Pres footballers are in seventh heaven

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The St Brigid’s Presentation Second Year footballers were crowned County Junior B champions on Friday last following a superb seven-goal victory over Mercy Mounthawk Tralee in the Ballymac sunshine.

The girls hit the ground running, bagging two quick goals from the boots of Lily O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Cantillon.

The Pres defence was solid and dogged throughout and managed to keep Mounthawk from breaching their goal for the duration. Abby Cronin scored three goals and a point to torment the oppostion and Niamh Cantillon scored a second goal plus a point to keep the Killarney school well in front.

Further scores from Muireann Healy and a final goal from Lara O’Neill gave us a final score of 7-4 to 0-11.

It was an excellent performance from the entire team, including the substitutes who all played their part. Captain Eve Culhane proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team, and St Brigid’s, at the end of the game and joyous celebrations followed.

Congratulations to all the players and to their trainers: Mr Counihan, Ms Healy and Ms Brosnan.

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