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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.



Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]




The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]




Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”


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