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By Michelle Crean

Students got stuck into Arabic belly dancing, Irish Sign Language, Russian ballet and Portuguese Capoeira - to celebrate language and culture.

BELLY DANCING: Students in Killarney Community College participated in the #ThinkLanguages day. Exploring the culture and languages associated through belly dancing were: Carla Luis Sofia Gimenez Ava Sheahan and teacher Tara O'Shea. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

The colourful and fun day, to highlight the benefits of foreign language skills, took place last Thursday for Transition Year students in Killarney Community College as they joined with 15,000 other TYs nationally for the #ThinkLanguages workshops.

The school is in the running to be crowned the #ThinkLanguages Champion Team of the year after submitting their very impressive entry. If successful the college will be awarded the trophy as well as live workshops for their students which will run over a full day in the school.

The event included inspirational talks, fun language-filled workshops, and a quiz where the students in the college had the opportunity to compete against schools nationwide in the interactive #ThinkLanguages Quiz.

There was an opening ceremony with inspirational speakers, online language workshops, and a selection of live workshops that were made available for the nationwide event by Languages Connect. The students got to choose from a variety of workshops made available to them through the Languages Connect programme.

The college were given the opportunity to manage their own workshops and invite local speakers and businesses to take part and support their event and showcase the languages that are spoken in the school and used in the community. It gave students a chance to explore how people use different languages in their lives, workplaces and families and most importantly work with local people within the community. The students organised a variety of workshops including CPR training in German and Polish.

Mindfulness in German, Speed Dating in French and Spanish, Portuguese basketball lesson, Tortilla Making, Ukrainian Culture workshop and finished off the day with a slideshow they had prepared on 'Strange Traditions' in other countries.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to work with people within our community and it is evident from the array of live workshops that were available that we are fortunate to be able to celebrate living in such a multi-cultural society," Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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