SCHOOLS

Students giving a drumming demonstration for Minister Norma Foley with Principal Grace Sheehan and Deputy Principal Louise McCarthy, at St Ita's and St Joseph's School on Friday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Minister Foley Announces Multi-Million Euro New Extension For Tralee School

September 24, 2021 at 12:38 pm 0 comments

The Minister for Education Norma Foley T.D. has officially announced that a multi-million euro extension has been approved for St Ita’s and St Joseph’s special school in Tralee. The extension provides for four new special educational needs classrooms for the school as well as a social skills room. The school […]

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Katie Vacek with Kelly Kelliher and Natalie Kelliher at the Presentation Primary School Confirmations at St John's Church on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Former Presentation Pupils Meet Again At Confirmation Day

September 21, 2021 at 11:07 am 0 comments

A STONE’S throw away from where they spent seven eight years of school, the Presentation Primary Class of 2021 got together in St John’s Church on Sunday. The occasion was their delayed Confirmation Day and the girls were reunited with teachers Ms Gibbons and Ms Broderick to finally enjoy the […]

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Harry Healy with Noreen Healy, Ciara Healy, Noel Healy, Freya Healy and Michael Costello, at the Listellick NS First Holy Communion Day at Our Lady and St Brendan's Church on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Listellick NS Pupils Enjoy First Holy Communion Day

September 20, 2021 at 12:07 pm 0 comments

SATURDAY was another busy day for First Holy Communions in town with both St John’s Church and Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church hosting ceremonies. At St Brendan’s it was the turn of Third Class pupils from Listellick NS to receive the sacrament, along with one pupil from Scoil Eoin. […]

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at the Blennerville NS Communion Day at St John's Church on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Blennerville NS Pupils Enjoy First Holy Communion Day

September 19, 2021 at 10:20 am Comments are Disabled

THE pupils of St Brendan’s NS in Blennerville finally got to enjoy their First Holy Communion Day on Saturday morning. Delayed from the traditional May date, the weather stayed dry while they arrived at St John’s Church, but the heavens opened as soon they went inside. However, a wet day […]

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Clodagh McCluskey's 'Feathers', a category winner in this year's Texaco Art Competition.

Presentation Tralee Student Wins Category In Texaco Art Competition

September 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm Comments are Disabled

A TRALEE student has won a category in the 67th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. The winners, runners-up and merit award recipients in seven different categories were announced on their website today. Clodagh McCluskey, a 15 year old student at Presentation Secondary School Tralee, won Category B (14-15 years) for ‘Feathers’, […]

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Gearóid Ó Laitheasa, with Gavin, Ruairí and Siobhan Lacey, at the Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Communion Day on Saturday at St John's Church. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: First Holy Communion Day For Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Pupils

September 14, 2021 at 10:08 am Comments are Disabled

IT was a busy Saturday morning at St John’s Church as families of 47 Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn pupils arrived for First Holy Communion Day. Like the rest of the Tralee schools, the ceremony was postponed from the traditional May date due to COVID restrictions and had to be divided into […]

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Éanna Ryle with Finbarr, Deirdre and Ailbhe Ryle, at the Caherleaheen NS Confirmation Day at St John's Church on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: St John’s Church Hosts Confirmation Day For Caherleaheen NS

September 14, 2021 at 9:03 am Comments are Disabled

TOGETHER again, one last time. The boys and girls of the Caherleaheen NS Class of 2021 were reunited on Sunday for their belated Confirmation Day. The 23 friends wore the uniforms of their secondary schools for the ceremony celebrated by Fr Seán Jones while their former teacher Ms Bradley was […]

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Cameron Patterson with Roscoe, Linda, Mia and Brandon Patterson, at the Holy Family NS Communion Day on Saturday at Our Lady and St Brendan's Church. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Holy Family School Pupils Receive First Holy Communion

September 13, 2021 at 11:47 am Comments are Disabled

PUPILS from third class in Holy Family Primary School finally enjoyed their big day out at the weekend when they received their First Holy Communion. While May is the traditional time for First Communions, it was delayed by COVID restrictions, so the ceremony finally went ahead in Our Lady and […]

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Aisling Byrne, with Yvonne and Eddie Byrne and Aoife McDonald, at the CBS Primary School Confirmation Day at St John's Church on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Former CBS Primary Pupils Meet Again For Confirmation Day

September 8, 2021 at 11:51 am Comments are Disabled

THEY may be attending the various secondary schools around town now, but the CBS Primary School ‘Class of 2021’ had a very good excuse to meet up again on Saturday. The occasion was their belated Confirmation Day at St John’s Church and families were blessed with the weather as they […]

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Billy Ryle: Grade Inflation Shows As Kerry Students Receive CAO Offers

Billy Ryle: Grade Inflation Shows As Kerry Students Receive CAO Offers

September 8, 2021 at 10:15 am 1 comment

Unprecedented grades inflation increases CAO points requirements, but Kerry’s applicants sweep up a copious supply of college offers in Round One says Billy Ryle… The record-high Leaving Cert grades have caused a dramatic increase in points requirements for many third level courses for the second consecutive year. There was an […]

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Council Urged To Display Bye-Laws Relating To Use Of Jet Skis At Fenit

Council Urged To Display Bye-Laws Relating To Use Of Jet Skis At Fenit

September 7, 2021 at 12:23 pm Comments are Disabled

KERRY County Council said it is open to arranging a public awareness campaign in relation to the use of jet skis and other leisure craft in Fenit and other parts of the county. The issue was raised in a motion by Sinn Féin Cllr Cathal Foley at the meeting of […]

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Two New Leaving Cert Programmes Launched At Coláiste Gleann Lí

Two New Leaving Cert Programmes Launched At Coláiste Gleann Lí

September 7, 2021 at 11:49 am Comments are Disabled

MINISTER for Education, Norma Foley TD was on hand to launch two new Leaving Certificate Programmes at Coláiste Gleann Lí on Friday. The new programmes are Computer Science and Physical Education and will be offered from this year to Senior Cycle students at the school.The two new courses are being […]

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Sean McCannon, with Mike and Joyce McCannon, at the Scoil Eoin Balloonagh Confirmation Day at Our Lady and St Brendan's Church on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Confirmation Day For Scoil Eoin’s Class Of 2021

September 7, 2021 at 11:29 am Comments are Disabled

IT was a long time coming, but Confirmation Day finally arrived for the Scoil Eoin Balloonagh Class of 2021 on Saturday. Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church hosted three separate ceremonies to accommodate each of the classes taught by Ms Sugrue, Ms Daly and Ms Curtin. The ex-pupils wore the […]

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Caherleaheen NS pupil, Hanna O'Sullivan who made her First Holy Communion at the St John's Church on Saturday morning, with Joanna and Niall O'Sullivan. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Caherleaheen Pupils Enjoy First Holy Communion Day

September 6, 2021 at 9:12 am Comments are Disabled

SEPTEMBER is about to see a plethora of First Holy Communion ceremonies hosted in churches around the county as more and more restrictions are lifted. Last Saturday saw children from Caherleaheen National School gather in St John’s Church in Tralee for their belated big day out. The boys and girls […]

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Spa NS pupils who made their First Holy Communion at the Church of the Purification in Churchill on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: First Holy Communion Day Arrives For Spa NS Pupils

September 5, 2021 at 12:55 pm Comments are Disabled

BRILLIANT sunshine lit up the glorious setting of the Church Of The Purification in Churchill on Saturday morning as families arrived for a special day. Like last year, the Spa NS First Holy Communion day was delayed until September, but there was very much a summery feel to the occasion. […]

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Minister Norma Foley with Billy de Staic, Tadhg Mac Ginneá, Evan Mac Carthaigh and Aodhán Ó Seanacháin who received their Leaving Cert results at Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Delight As Students Receive Leaving Cert Results In Tralee Schools

September 4, 2021 at 9:27 am Comments are Disabled

IT’S been such as bizarre time for the Class of 2021, but the fruits of their labour were finally realised on Friday when the Leaving Cert results were revealed. Like last year, students received their results directly on the Candidate Self Service Portal so they didn’t have to go to […]

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Minister Norma Foley with Aoife Hickey, Julia Szarota, Ciara O'Mahony and Hayley Lynch after receiving their Leaving Cert results on Friday morning at Presentation Primary School. Photo by Dermot Crean

Billy Ryle: Excellent Results In Kerry But Keep An Eye On Timeline

September 3, 2021 at 10:57 am Comments are Disabled

Guidance Counsellor Billy Ryle congratulates Leaving Cert students on their results, but after the celebrations it’s important to pay attention to what comes next… The long wait for 61,125 Leaving Cert candidates (57,952 LC Established & 3,173 LC Applied), including 1806 candidates from Kerry (1700 LC Established & 106 LC […]

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Junior infants at Blennerville NS on their first day at school. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Junior Infants Welcomed At Blennerville NS

September 3, 2021 at 8:42 am Comments are Disabled

ST Brendan’s NS in Blennerville has been going from strength to strength in recent years, especially since the new school opened in 2016. This is evident in the numbers now attending as 30 new junior infants began their schooldays on Wednesday. Prinicipal Robbie O’Connell said the children settled in well, […]

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Junior infants at St John's Parochial School Ashe Street on their first day. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Schooldays Begin At Scoil Eoin, Tralee Educate Together And St John’s Parochial School

September 3, 2021 at 8:40 am Comments are Disabled

SCHOOLS all over town welcomed their new junior infants this week. From the biggest school to the smallest, all the children were made feel equally welcome by staff as the little ones’ educational journey began. The town’s largest primary school, Scoil Eoin in Balloonagh, saw three classes of pupils arrive, […]

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Minister Norma Foley on her visit to O'Brennan NS on Wednesday morning.

PHOTOS: Minister Foley Visits Ballymac Schools To Mark Reopening

September 2, 2021 at 6:38 pm Comments are Disabled

TO mark the reopening of schools after the summer break, Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley visited a number of schools in the county recently. It was an opportunity to meet staff and students and to wish them well for the year ahead. The Minister’s Foley’s tour of schools […]

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Junior Infants at Presentation Primary at playtime on Tuesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: The Excitement Of Beginning Schooldays At Presentation Primary

September 1, 2021 at 11:56 am Comments are Disabled

Teacher at Presentation Primary School, Helena Hennessy, describes the excitement as the new Junior Infants began their schooldays this week… As is customary for the first day back at school, the excitement and anticipation was palpable on the corridors of Presentation Primary School this week as the students returned after […]

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New Junior Infants beginning their schooldays at Holy Family NS. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Schooldays Begin For New Junior Infants At Holy Family NS

August 31, 2021 at 3:31 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE was the usual excitement at Holy Family NS on Monday morning for the new arrivals. In fact, the juniors weren’t the only ones beginning at Holy Family. A new principal, Maria O’Regan, was also starting her time at the school having taken over from Ed O’Brien who has just […]

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Kerry Schools Invited To Take Part In Blue Star Programme

Kerry Schools Invited To Take Part In Blue Star Programme

August 31, 2021 at 2:18 pm Comments are Disabled

PRIMARY school pupils in Kerry and around Ireland are being challenged to get creative in how they learn and think about Europe through the Blue Star Programme, coordinated by European Movement Ireland. The Blue Star Programme teaches primary school children about Europe through creative activities and projects that complement the […]

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Ms Quirke's CBS Primary School Junior Infants in the yard during playtime on Tuesday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: CBS Primary Welcomes New Junior Infants

August 31, 2021 at 1:29 pm Comments are Disabled

AND so the fun begins. Monday saw the arrival of nearly 40 new children to CBS Primary School and the beginning of a wonderful educational journey. Friends for life were made in Ms Quirke and Ms Donoghue’s classes in the new, impressive extension to the school which opened this time […]

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Junior Infants at Caherleaheen getting used to their new surroundings. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Schooldays Begin At O’Brennan And Caherleaheen

August 30, 2021 at 10:47 am Comments are Disabled

A NEW chapter in the lives of young children began at Caherleaheen NS and O’Brennan NS last week. The junior infants were dropped off by emotional parents but the kids were unfazed and happy to meet their new friends. “It’s been brilliant with no tears, all went really well and […]

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Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Junior Infants on their first day at school on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Sun Shines As Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Welcomes Junior Infants

August 28, 2021 at 9:02 am Comments are Disabled

ANOTHER first day at school at Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn went as smoothly as you’d expect, with two classes of junior infants beginning a new journey. “Everything went great this morning,” said Principal Cáit Uí Chonchúir. “The parents had visited with the children on two occasions previously to get used to […]

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Listellick NS Junior Infants on their first day at school on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Schooldays Begin For Junior Infants At Listellick NS

August 27, 2021 at 1:03 pm Comments are Disabled

EXCITEMENT abounded at Listellick NS on Thursday morning as parents brought their children to begin their schooldays. Teacher Ashley Reynolds said everything went very smoothly, with no tears shed and children settled in very quickly and comfortably with their new friends. However, they may not be too long in their […]

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A Spa NS Junior Infant on her first day at school on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: New Junior Infants Welcomed At Spa NS

August 27, 2021 at 1:03 pm Comments are Disabled

WITH the current mini-heatwave we’re experiencing, it doesn’t feel like back to school time is here again. However, the uniforms have appeared and emotional parents were present and correct on Thursday morning at Spa National School as the junior infants arrived in the sunshine. It all went smoothly and teacher […]

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Former Listellick NS pupil, Jennifer O'Mahony, with Caroline and Nicole O'Mahony, at her Confirmation Day at Our Lady and St Brendan's Church on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Beautiful Weather For Listellick NS Confirmation Day

August 26, 2021 at 1:10 pm Comments are Disabled

WE hope the upcoming weekends in September and October will be as kind weather-wise to those making their Confirmations and First Communions! Another glorious, sunny day saw the Class of 2021 Sixth Class pupils from Listellick NS converge on Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church for their long awaited special […]

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Former Holy Family NS pupil, Thomas Hurley, with Channelle and Thomas Hurley at his Confirmation Day at Our Lady and St Brendan's Church on Tuesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Confirmation Day Finally Arrives For Holy Family’s Class Of 2021

August 25, 2021 at 9:29 am Comments are Disabled

THEY may be starting a whole new chapter in their lives soon, but there was one last aspect to their primary school lives to complete for last year’s Holy Family NS sixth class pupils. Nearly 30 pupils and their parents were in Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church for their […]

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