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By Michelle Crean

Exploring the sea creatures and the impact humans have on the ocean has helped a Killorglin school get top marks in a national programme.

EYE EYE: Brian Moriarty from First Class in Scoil Realt na Mara gets up close to a seal's eyeball with principal Elaine Kelliher as part of The Explorers Ocean Champion Award. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

SQUISHY: Emma Hannon and Lucy Moriarty from Scoil Realt na Mara in Cromane get up close to dissect and learn all about squids as part of The Explorers Ocean Champion Award. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

DISCOVERING: Adam Costelloe and Dylan O’Sullivan from First Class in Scoil Realt na Mara in Cromane learning all about aquatic mammal skulls as part of The Explorers Ocean Champion Award. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

The Explorers ‘We Are Ocean Champions’ all-school project by the Marine Institute reached more than 3,500 children nationally with Scoil Réalt na Mara receiving one of the top six awards presented.

The children who received an 'Award of Excellence – Ocean Literacy Creative Project' celebrated their win at a school ceremony on Thursday last. 

"The children’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and creative ideas for the future of the marine environment is inspiring and is evident in their class work, from creating musical pieces and models to clean the ocean, to cooking with seaweed," Cushla Dromgool-Regan, Marine Institute Explorers Programme Manager, said.

"The fact that each class contributed to this project was an amazing accomplishment by everyone involved. Through their ocean literacy project they demonstrated how the ocean impacts all our lives and also the impact we all have on the ocean."

School principal Elaine Kelliher said they were delighted, not only to have participated in the Explorers programme, but to be Ocean Champions 2021-2022.

“We’re a school based in a rural coastal community situated in the beautiful Cromane," she said.

"This project has served to heighten our awareness of the relationship we have with the sea and in keeping our oceans healthy. For our project ‘We Are Ocean Champions!’, the children created projects based on food, art inventions and music, and participated in seashore safaris on Cromane Beach with LH Sea Synergy marine biologists," she added.

“Their work was displayed in the local beach café, ‘The Boathouse’ which was an opportunity for the community to view the work being undertaken in our school. We would highly recommend the Marine Explorers to all schools.”

The Ocean Champion Project and Awards initiative is led by the Programme Manager, Camden Education Trust.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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