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Viva España as students experience magical Madrid

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A group of 54 students and five teachers from St Brigid’s enjoyed a cultural and linguistic tour in Madrid.

FUN IN THE SUN: Katie McCarthy Lucy Spellman Rachel Wallace Claire McCarthy Edel Horgan and Keira Geaney from St Brigid's pictured at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid.

TRIP: St Brigid's students Rebecca McCarthy Eimear Finn Saoirse O’Sullivan and Ellen McSweeney pictured at the Las Ventas bullring during a trip to Madrid.

The Fifth Year Spanish class students had four wonderful days in the Spanish capital which was a cultural and linguistic journey helping them to appreciate the language further.

They enjoyed a large range of activities, visiting world renowned art galleries, the Roman city of Segovia with its iconic aqueduct, the largest Renaissance building in the world at El Escorial along with a guided bus tour of key monuments in the city.

There was lots of time for fun also and the students spent a day at Warner Brothers Theme Park enjoying the many roller coasters and attractions. Students visited the home of Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeú stadium, home this year to the UEFA Champions League trophy.

"It was a wonderful experience, educational and enjoyable for all," teacher Cliona Hallissy said.

"Students developed a greater appreciation for Spanish culture and improved their language skills."

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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