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Virtual plan for this weekend’s Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

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MAKING MUSIC: Sisters Grace (left) and Colleen Angland (right) from Glenflesk and Michael Healy from Kilcummin are looking forward to taking part in a virtual Fleadh this weekend. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Organisers of this year's Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí have had to come up with an alternative way to celebrate music, song and dance - by instead bringing it to life online.

Normally it's the biggest weekend for Kerry CCÉ, which was due to be held this year in Milltown - however, it's now going to be just as great this weekend - with a virtual Fleadh via Facebook and YouTube.

"Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 outbreak it was one of the major festivals in Kerry to be cancelled," John Stack told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Not to be defeated Kerry CCÉ has decided to host their own Kerry CCÉ Virtual Kerry Fleadh. It has been a lot of work putting our programme together because of the restrictions, but with some proper planning we have put together a comprehensive programme for the weekend."

In total they will be posting over 90 videos from last year's winners from County, Munster and National level as well as special guests.

"These videos will be uploaded during Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday evening we will also have an online family quiz with prizes for the winners. On Saturday we start uploading from 11am to 5pm and after a little sos our special guests slot will kick off at 7pm."

Included will be Mike Jack Cronin, Fossa CCÉ, Realtaí naTodhchaí a group of young musicians from the following branches Grace Heffernan and Daibhín Laide Ballydonoghue/Lisselton, Colleen Angland Glenflesk, Conor Brennan and Sarah Murphy Lixnaw and Michael Healy Kilcummin comes together online to be part of this fantastic occasion.

"We finish off Saturday night with a special piece from Sharon Shannon for the weekend as she was the headline act for this year's Fleadh Cheoil."

Proceedings will kick off on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
"We hope you can join us on Facebook" fleadhcheoil.chiarrai and on YouTube: Kerry CCÉ.

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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