PHOTOS: Stylish Milltown Students Have A Ball In Ballyroe

PHOTOS: Stylish Milltown Students Have A Ball In Ballyroe

July 11, 2024 at 10:29 am 0 comments

THE second Debs season of the year is in full swing at Ballyroe Heights Hotel as newly graduated sixth years enjoy a summer soirée. Earlier this week saw students from Ballybunion and Causeway schools attend their annual get-together and last night saw over 130 teenagers from Presentation Milltown converge on […]

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Luke Connolly, Jessica Woods, Holly Campbell and Denis McMahon at the Causeway Comprehensive Students Debs Ball at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Style From The Causeway Comprehensive Students’ Debs Ball

July 10, 2024 at 12:15 pm 0 comments

SUMMER arrived for a couple of hours on Tuesday evening as former students from Causeway Comprehensive School made their way in the sunshine to the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. The occasion was the annual Debs Ball, organised by the students themselves, which saw them get together just weeks after completing their […]

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Photographed at the launch of ETBI’s #SupportYourLocalETB campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin were Colm McEvoy, Chief Executive Kerry ETB; Senator Mark Daly and Lisa O’Flaherty Public Relations and Events Management, Kerry ETB.

Kerry ETB Calls On Government To Tackle Inequalities In Education Sector

July 3, 2024 at 3:17 pm Comments are Disabled

KERRY Education and Training Board (ETB) is calling on the Government to commit to tackling inequalities in the education sector by supporting the priorities laid out in the #SupportYourLocalETB campaign. Representatives from Kerry ETB met with members of the Oireachtas at a briefing event in Buswells Hotel, Dublin, last week […]

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Aine Quinn with pupils and guests  at a retirement celebration held for her at St Brendan's NS Blennerville on Thursday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Tears And Laughter As Blennerville School Says Goodbye To Áine

June 28, 2024 at 8:46 am Comments are Disabled

FEW members of staff have touched the lives of pupils and staff at St Brendan’s NS in Blennerville in such a positive way as Áine Quinn. The Tralee native has spent nearly 30 years nurturing pupils at the school, but that all comes to an end this week with Áine’s […]

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MTU President, Professor Maggie Cusack, at the launch of MTU's Cyber Innovate initiative in Cork City Gaol in February. Photographer: Darragh Kane

MTU Announces 14 New Jobs Under TU RISE Programme

June 28, 2024 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

MUNSTER Technological University (MTU) has today announced 14 new roles in research management and administration under the Technological Universities Research and Innovation Supporting Enterprise (TU RISE) programme. Earlier this year, MTU received €14.6 million in funding under TU RISE and the new posts will form a key part of MTU’s Research-to-Impact initiative. MTU […]

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Ms Moriarty with the sixth class at their graduation ceremony on Tuesday. Also included is Principal Robbie O'Connell. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Class Of 2024 Says Farewell To Primary Schooldays In Blennerville

June 26, 2024 at 11:21 am Comments are Disabled

FAMILIES arrived in glorious sunshine to St Brendan’s NS Blennerville on Tuesday evening for a special graduation night for sixth class pupils. There were 26 pupils saying a fond farewell after eight years of running the gamut of emotions during their wonderful time at the school. “They were a pleasure […]

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The sixth class from O'Brennan at their graduation on Tuesday.

O’Brennan’s Sixth Class Pupils Say Farewell To Primary Schooldays

June 25, 2024 at 4:42 pm Comments are Disabled

EIGHT years of primary school ended on Tuesday for the Class of 2024 in O’Brennan NS. The school held a Graduation Ceremony in the school hall this morning to mark the occasion with family and friends attending. Fr Gearóid Walsh officiated the ceremony with principal Mrs Michelle White speaking to […]

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Seated is retiring teacher Bríd de Rath with daughter Sinead holding her baby Nína, husband Dave and daughter Regina. At back is Deputy Principal of Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Olive Uí Ghearáin, Bríd's daughter Ciara and Principal Liam Ó Chonchubhair at the school on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: A Very Busy End To The School Year For Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn

June 22, 2024 at 11:46 am Comments are Disabled

THE school year at Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn was a very busy one with a retirement, a graduation and a get-together for the staff the highlights of a hectic week. The school community came together on Thursday to say farewell to Bríd de Rath, a much-loved and respected member of staff […]

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Pupils with the Amber Flag at O'Brennan NS.

O’Brennan NS Earns Its First Amber Flag

June 22, 2024 at 11:46 am Comments are Disabled

THE folks at O’Brennan NS received the news recently that the school has been awarded its first ever Amber Flag. The Amber Flag initiative is an initiative run by Pieta House which recognises the individual efforts of primary and secondary schools, youth reach, third level institutions, community groups, clubs and […]

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MTU Cork Athletics Club members and MTU staff celebrating the partnership with H2Compliance as newly unveiled sponsors of the Munster Technological University Athletics Club. Photographed at the MTU Arena, Bishopstown Campus, Cork, Tuesday 18 June 2024. Photo Joleen Cronin

MTU Announces New Sponsor For Athletics Club

June 21, 2024 at 11:28 am Comments are Disabled

MUNSTER Technological University (MTU) has announced that H2 Compliance will sponsor the MTU Athletics Club for the 2024/25 academic year. The company, which is a consulting firm that provides tailored solutions for chemical and environmental compliance, will provide the club with financial support which will be directed towards its facilities […]

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Mr McSweeney's Sixth Class pupils.

PHOTOS: From Scoil Eoin Juniors To Sixth Class Graduates In The Blink Of An Eye

June 21, 2024 at 11:10 am Comments are Disabled

HOW they’ve grown up. Eight years of primary school is coming to an end for pupils from Scoil Eoin Balloonagh’s three sixth classes, as they graduated yesterday to embark on the next step in their educational journey. The sports hall was packed on Thursday as families gathered for the emotional […]

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Teacher Muireann McCoy with pupils in front of the mural at St John's Parochial School on Thursday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

St John’s Parochial School Pupils Complete Mural In Time For Holidays

June 20, 2024 at 4:02 pm Comments are Disabled

IT’S been an exciting week for pupils at St John’s Parochial School, Ashe Street. Not only were they getting their summer holidays on Thursday afternoon, but they also finished their wonderful mural in time for the sixth class pupils to see it before they left the school for the last […]

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Principal of Flemby Ballymacelligott NS Deirdre Harty with Anastasia, Jack Farren, Sophie McKenna and Conor McCarthy on Graduation Day at the school. Photo by Dermot Crean

Graduation Evening For Flemby NS Pupils During Exciting Times For The School

June 19, 2024 at 9:08 am Comments are Disabled

FAMILIES gathered on a sunny Tuesday evening at Flemby Ballymacelligott NS to see the graduation of three pupils from the school. It was a special time for Conor McCarthy, Jack Farren, and Sophie McKenna who received their graduation hoodies as they prepare to move on to secondary school. Chairperson Bridget […]

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Paula Brassil (seated second from left) at her retirement  function with daughter Laura, husband Maurice and son Billy. At back is Harry McCann, Pat Costello, Mary Costello, Rachel McCann, Bryan Costello and Emma Costello at Paula's retirement function at Lotties at The Ashe Hotel on Friday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Paula Says Farewell To Moyderwell School After 25 Years

June 18, 2024 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

WITH the primary school year coming to a close, it’s inevitable that many teachers are coming to that time when they decide to ‘hang up the chalk’. This is the case for Paula Brassil of Moyderwell Mercy Primary School, who retires after 25 years in the school. Around 70 people […]

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Pupils from 3rd-6th Class,   Fybough National School, Castlemaine, Co. Kerry who won the Community Champions award for their classroom business,  Photo Buddies as part of  the Junior Entrepreneur Programme 2024.  The pupils invested in Photo Buddies to photograph local beauty spots and create mounted original prints for sale.   The pupils are pictured with teacher Eileen Lovett and Principal Vanessa Clifford with some of their photographs near the foot of Caherconree and Bartregaum mountains. Photo: Jerry Kennelly | NO REPRODUCTION FEE

Kerry School Wins ‘Community Champions’ Category In Junior Entrepreneur Programme Awards

June 18, 2024 at 11:15 am Comments are Disabled

THIRD to sixth class in Fybough National School, Castlemaine, received the Community Champions Award for their JEP business, Photo Buddies, in the All-Island Junior Entrepreneur Programme Awards announced today. Glenderry NS, Kilgarvan NS and Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn also made the Top 30 in the programme this year. Fybough N teacher, […]

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Tralee Schools Receive SFI Curious Minds Awards

Tralee Schools Receive SFI Curious Minds Awards

June 14, 2024 at 3:32 pm Comments are Disabled

MINISTER for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today announced 24 primary schools in Kerry have been awarded the SFI Curious Minds Award 2024. The Tralee area schools to receive awards include Caherleaheen National School; Listellick N.S; Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn; St Brendan’s NS Fenit; O’Brennan […]

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Alan O'Regan, Scoil Eoin School Spirit Award winner.

Alan Wins Scoil Eoin ‘School Spirit Award’ For 2024

June 10, 2024 at 1:17 pm Comments are Disabled

PUPILS from the first and second classes at Scoil Eoin Balloonagh were called to the School Hall on Monday where the Student Council, Mr. O’Toole and Mrs. O’Donoghue awaited them to announce the ‘School Spirit Award’ winner for 2023/24. The Scoil Eoin School Spirit Award was devised by the Student […]

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Eoghan Galvin presents a cheque for €6,015 to St Ita's and St Josephs School. Also included is Principal Grace Sheehy, Deputy Principal Denise Kerins and pupils. Photo by Dermot Crean

Eoghan’s Run Raises Over €6,000 For Local School’s New Bus Campaign

June 7, 2024 at 11:31 am Comments are Disabled

A LOCAL man has raised over €6,000 to help a local school buy a new bus. Eoghan Galvin ran the Cork Marathon on Sunday in aid of St Ita’s and St Joseph’s effort to buy new bus for transporting children on school trips and activities. He presented the cheque to […]

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Pupils at the sports field just behind the school. Photo by Dermot Crean

Listellick National School To Host Open Evening This Thursday

June 5, 2024 at 3:59 pm Comments are Disabled

PARENTS of children wishing to enrol in September will be welcomed to Listellick National School this Thursday, June 6, for an open evening. New Principal Rosemarie Lawlor is looking forward to welcoming parent from 6.30pm to 7.30pm to the bright and vibrant school situated on the edge of Tralee on the […]

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21/5/24 ***NO REPRO FEE*** Minister O’Donovan announces over 11,400 free or subsidised places available under Springboard+ and HCI Pillar 1 2024 course. Pictured at the Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 launch are Springboard+ participant Cian Kelleher and HCI Pillar 1 participants  James McDonnell, Ran Weissblech, and Piro Kocsis.
This year, a total of more than 11,400 free and subsidised higher education places on 355 courses are being made available nationwide. Courses are available across a wide range of sectors and aim to address critical skills shortages and emerging technological demands. The offering includes courses in Cybersecurity; Virtual Reality; Health Innovation; Logistics; Climate, Sustainability, and Energy; and many more. The courses are open to people who are unemployed, or those who are in employment and are looking to upskill or change career. Pic:Marc O'Sullivan
Details of the opportunities for upskilling and reskilling under the two initiatives were unveiled today by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins TD.
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MTU Receives Over €2m In Springboard+ Funding

June 5, 2024 at 9:52 am Comments are Disabled

MUNSTER Technological University (MTU) has received over €2 million in Springboard+ funding. The Springboard+ programme provides free and heavily subsidised upskilling and reskilling opportunities through higher education in areas where there are identified skills needs. Many of these courses are aimed at jobseekers and those returning to the workforce. The […]

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Billy Ryle: Last Minute Advice For Students Sitting State Exams This Week

Billy Ryle: Last Minute Advice For Students Sitting State Exams This Week

June 4, 2024 at 2:11 pm Comments are Disabled

Guidance Counsellor Billy Ryle has some last minute advice for 2024 State Exams candidates… The waiting is almost over for about 136,300 Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle students as the exams get under way next Wednesday, 5th June. Exam entries are up by 1,500, or 1%, on last year’s figure. […]

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The new Principal of Listellick National School, Rosemarie Lawlor. Photo by Dermot Crean

New Principal Settles In At Listellick NS As They Prepare For Open Evening Next Week

May 31, 2024 at 12:17 pm Comments are Disabled

AS the school year begins to wind down at Listellick NS over the next month, the new Principal is settling in nicely at the school on the hill. Ballyheigue native Rosemarie Lawlor has received a wonderful welcome from all since she arrived on May 13 and she is looking forward […]

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MTU Tralee Campus To Host Symposium On Rare Diseases Next Month

MTU Tralee Campus To Host Symposium On Rare Diseases Next Month

May 29, 2024 at 2:23 pm Comments are Disabled

MUNSTER Technological University (MTU) Tralee is set to host the All-Ireland Rare Disease Interdisciplinary Research Network (RAiN) symposium on Monday, June 10 from 11am-4:30pm. This symposium is open to anyone living with or interested in rare diseases. Rare diseases, while individually uncommon, collectively pose a significant challenge to the global […]

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Joe Kelly with his wife Carmel at Kerry College Clash Campus on Tuesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Joe Says Farewell To Kerry College After Nearly 50 Years In Teaching

May 29, 2024 at 12:21 pm Comments are Disabled

THE teaching faculty at Kerry College stood and applauded Joe Kelly as he entered the canteen on Tuesday morning to acknowledge a man who has given nearly 50 years of service in education. The teacher and coordinator of the Construction Technology course at the Clash Campus was a little overwhelmed […]

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Mary Lucey: Advice On Supporting Leaving Cert Students Before And During Exams

Mary Lucey: Advice On Supporting Leaving Cert Students Before And During Exams

May 29, 2024 at 9:40 am Comments are Disabled

Mary Lucey of Career Ahead has some advice for parents/ guardians on how to support students as the State exams loom… It is without doubt that every parent/guardian wants the best for their child on the run up to and during the Leaving Certificate examinations. I am always amused by […]

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Pupils from Club Le Cheile, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Their project investigated the science behind the question "Can we time travel in space to find ‘Planet Nine’?"

PHOTOS: Pupils From Kerry Schools Have A Blast At Science Event In Limerick

May 28, 2024 at 10:10 am Comments are Disabled

SIX schools from Kerry were among the 106 primary school nationwide to showcased at this year’s sixth annual ESB Science Blast in Limerick, the RDS Foundation’s flagship Science and Technology Programme. A STEM-focused educational programme involving whole classes investigating the science behind simple questions, this year’s event took place for […]

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Minister Norma Foley with local FF councillors and school pupils and staff at the announcement of funding for new classrooms at Castlemaine NS.

Funding Announced For New Classrooms At Castlemaine NS

May 28, 2024 at 9:53 am Comments are Disabled

MINISTER for Education Norma Foley has announced that funding approval has been given for new classrooms and facilities for Castlemaine national school. Castlemaine national school, which has 108 pupils, will be getting two new special educational needs classrooms and a daily living skills room. The new facilities will free up […]

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Kerry Education and Training Board Unveils Expanded Facilities in South Kerry Further Education and Training Centre.

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Kerry Education and Training Board Unveils Expanded Facilities in South Kerry Further Education and Training Centre.

On a momentous occasion, the ribbon is cut, marking the official opening of Kerry Education and Training Board’s (Kerry ETB) refurbished O’Connell Further Education and Training Centre in Cahersiveen. The event, attended by Kerry ETB management, staff, Board members, dignitaries, community leaders, and members of the local community, highlights an exciting expansion of education and training facilities for the area.

The refurbishment is a testament to the progressive vision of Kerry ETB, which has an array of enhancements designed to elevate accessibility, functionality, availability of new courses, and overall experience for learners. Among the notable features of the revitalised centre is the extension housing a new, fully wheelchair-accessible reception area, emphasising inclusivity from the very threshold.

A significant addition to the centre is the construction of a hairdressing salon facility, introducing the first practical traineeship in hairdressing on the Iveragh Peninsula. This development not only diversifies education and training offerings but also responds to the demands of evolving industries, providing learners with invaluable hands-on experience. 

Kerry ETB Chairperson, Jim Finucane, praises this initiative, noting, "The incorporation of vocational training aligns perfectly with our commitment to equipping learners with skills that resonate in the job market, further advancing our vision of being an innovative leader in the design and delivery of quality-assured education and training opportunities in Kerry. This updated rural centre and its new course offerings are pivotal steps towards realising our mission of promoting lifelong and life-wide learning, ensuring equal access to education and training opportunities for all individuals in Kerry."

Practical improvements extend to the infrastructure, with new flooring installed throughout and an upgraded heating system embracing efficiency and sustainability, as well as safety enhancements. The new roadway entrance facilitates smoother vehicular access, complemented by dedicated pedestrian pathways, a measure aimed at safeguarding all visitors.

In acknowledging the collaborative effort behind the refurbishment, Owen O'Donnell extends sincere appreciation to Kerry ETB Board Member, Cllr Norma Moriarty, for her support and commitment since this project came to light in 2019. "Her dedication and tireless efforts have been instrumental in translating our collective vision for excellence in learning into reality," he expresses, underlining the pivotal role Cllr Moriarty plays in promoting positive change.

To explore the range of courses on offer, individuals can visit FETCH courses and search for courses in Cahersiveen. Alternatively, they can reach out to the centre directly by calling 066-9472414.


Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) was established on 1st July 2013 under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013, as an amalgamation of the former County Kerry Vocational Education Committees. The Further Education and Training (FET) Act 2013 came into effect in July 2013. The Act established SOLAS with responsibility for the planning, funding and coordination of the FET services. Kerry ETB is a corporate structure that is made up of a democratically appointed Board and a management team. Kerry ETB is a geographically dispersed organisation with 38 premises throughout the county, providing Primary and Post-Primary Education, Further Education and Training (including Apprenticeships) and Outdoor Education. Kerry ETB also delivers courses in non-Kerry ETB premises in communities throughout the county.

Kerry ETB provides Education and Training opportunities to over 13,000 learners annually. Currently, Kerry ETB employs circa 1,300 staff working in various locations throughout County Kerry. Kerry ETB, in partnership with its members, staff and stakeholders are committed to creating and promoting the development of a lifelong learning society in Kerry, so that all who live there have access to the education and training required to fulfil their potential and meet their personal, social, cultural, economic and civic needs and desires. Kerry ETB’s core values centre on ensuring that every person has the right to access education and training opportunities to realise their potential. These core values are Respect, Quality, Inclusion, Equality and Learning. These values underpin the 5-year Sustainability Strategy developed under Section 27 of the Education and Training Board Act 2013.

Kerry ETB Expands Facilities With Refurbished Centre In Cahersiveen

May 27, 2024 at 3:47 pm 1 comment

THE ribbon has been cut, marking the official opening of Kerry Education and Training Board’s (Kerry ETB) refurbished O’Connell Further Education and Training Centre in Cahersiveen. The event, attended by Kerry ETB management, staff, Board members, dignitaries, community leaders, and members of the local community, highlights an exciting expansion of […]

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Minister for Education Norma Foley cuts the tape to officially open the new Sports Hall at Ardfert NS. Photo by Dermot Crean

Joy At Ardfert NS As New School Hall Is Officially Opened

May 27, 2024 at 1:31 pm Comments are Disabled

ALL roads led to Ardfert Central NS last Friday morning as the crowds gathered to celebrate the official opening of its new school hall. The weather obliged and the sun shone brightly as the Minister for Education, Norma Foley T.D. arrived to cut the tape. Among the distinguished guests was […]

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PHOTOS: First Holy Communion Day For Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Pupils

PHOTOS: First Holy Communion Day For Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Pupils

May 26, 2024 at 12:19 pm Comments are Disabled

AFTER a month of dry, sunny Saturdays, the weather refused to play ball at the weekend as the wind and rain threatened to spoil the big day for Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn pupils. But they’re made of sterner stuff at that school and nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the second […]

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