Derryquay NS pupil Thomas Sheehy, with Marie Nolan, Caoimhe Nolan, Vicky Sheehy, Yvonne Doherty, Ashley Campbell, Tom Sheehy, Pauline Doherty and John Doherty at his Confirmation in St John's Church on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: St John’s Church Hosts Two Days Of Confirmations

March 24, 2018 at 10:42 am Comments are Disabled

IT was a very busy two day period at St John’s Church as pupils from seven schools made their Confirmation. On a rainy Thursday, the church was packed as Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Presentation, Caherleaheen, Blennerville and Derryquay school pupils received the sacrament from Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne. On Friday […]

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Colaiste Gleann Lí students Rachel Dunne, Aisling Quirke and Ethan Byrne with their Junior Certificate Profile of Achievement with Deputy Principal Liam McGill and Principal Richard Lawlor. Photo by Dermot Crean

Coláiste Gleann Lí Presents New Junior Certificate Profile of Achievement

March 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm Comments are Disabled

Coláiste Gleann Lí presented its current fifth year cohort with their Junior Certificate Profile of Achievement on Friday. This is a historic event for the school and the town as they are the first cohort of students in an English-medium school to receive the certificates. The school organised a BBQ […]

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Ruairi O'Halloran who made his Confirmation at Our Lady and St Brendan's Church on Wednesday with Paddy O'Shea, Adrienne O'Halloran, Laura O'Halloran, Ger O'Halloran, Chloe O'Halloran and Stephanie O'Shea. Photo by Dermot

PHOTOS: Scoil Eoin Pupils’ Confirmation Day Finally Arrives

March 23, 2018 at 9:29 am Comments are Disabled

AFTER having their big day postponed three weeks ago, the pupils of Scoil Eoin Balloonagh finally received their Confirmation at Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church on Wednesday. Due to weather warnings about the cold snap the pupils had to wait a few weeks more, but there were no such […]

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Hanging painted eggs on a tree at Presentation Tralee were German teacher Marian Cronin with pupils Palesa Hlongwane, Michelle Miranda, Bronagh Kelliher, Sarah Horan, Alice O'Connell, Amy McCarthy, Ellie O'Hanlon, Ria Harmon and Sadhbh Lowth and Ellie Mason. Photo by Dermot Crean

Spring Is In The Air At Presentation Tralee

March 23, 2018 at 9:28 am Comments are Disabled

SPRING is definitely in the air at Presentation Tralee as the students prepare for the Easter holidays. In the courtyard in the school, the trees have suddenly become more colourful with the introduction of some painted eggs. German teacher, Marian Cronin, explained the reasons behind it. “It’s an old German […]

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Catriona Py Collins, Myra O'Connor, Sandra O'Flaherty, Tina Stack and Carol Anne O'Donoghue at the Spring Cookery Demo in Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Thursday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Guests Enjoy Spring Cookery Demo At Ballyroe In Aid Of Scoil Eoin

March 23, 2018 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

THE lads from Croí Restaurant in Tralee gave a cookery demo last night, fresh from their win at the Irish Restaurant Awards regional finals in Cork on Wednesday. In the guise of the Tralee Culinary Gangsters, Noel Keane and Kevin O’Connor were joined by Massimiliano Bagaglini from Once Upon A Cheese […]

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Principal of CBS The Green Anne O'Callaghan with Billy Keane and Mark Ryall at the production of 'Sive' at CBS The Green on Wednesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Full House As CBS Students Tread The Boards For ‘Sive’

March 22, 2018 at 10:47 am Comments are Disabled

THE Transition Year students at Tralee CBS  took to the stage for their production of the John B Keane classic ‘Sive’ last night in front of a packed hall at the school. Directed by Ellen McGillycuddy, the students had been preparing for months and thankfully all those rehearsals paid off […]

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In front; Aoife Hickey, Mary O'Connell, Aisling O'Connell, Coach Del White, Rachel Kilgallen, Alannah O'Sullivan. Back from left; Mayor of Tralee and Presentation teacher Norma Foley, Lisa Curran, Maryanne Fleming, Sarah Barrett and Ciara Rath, Principal Chrissie Kelly and Deputy Principal Sandra Moore. Photo by Dermot Crean

Double-Winning Presentation Basketballers Honoured By School

March 22, 2018 at 10:29 am Comments are Disabled

THE feats of the U16 basketball team at Presentation were acknowledged at the school on Wednesday with a presentation from the Board of Management. The girls won the league and Cup All-Ireland double in the space of five weeks back in January/February at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, which […]

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Jack Slattery on his Confirmation Day with, from left; Vincent Carmody,  Karen Slattery, Kathleen Carmody, Caoimhe Slattery, Leah Slattery and John Slattery. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Confirmation Day For Listellick And Holy Family Pupils

March 18, 2018 at 10:15 am Comments are Disabled

FAMILIES gathered at Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church on Friday morning as children from two Tralee schools received their Confirmation. There were 49 children from Listellick NS and Holy Family who were Confirmed by Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne as their families looked on. A number of other clergy […]

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Tralee CBS students Sean Quilter, Darragh Reen and Michael Everett with their Tight Fit Jerseys entry at the Student Enterprise Awards in IT Tralee on Friday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Young Entrepreneurs Excel In Student Enterprise Awards

March 17, 2018 at 11:27 am Comments are Disabled

THE County Final of the Kerry County Council Annual Student Enterprise Awards was held on Friday at IT Tralee and there was a very high standard of entries as always the year. Outstanding participation levels saw 30 mini-businesses being set up by over 120 second level school students involved in […]

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Pupils taking part in the Scoil Eoin St Patrick's Parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: A Sea Of Green For Scoil Eoin St Patrick’s Parade

March 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm Comments are Disabled

THE kids at Scoil Eoin got a head start on the St Patrick’s Day festivities by staging their own parade on Friday morning. Pupils from every class donned the green in the school yard for an event which has become a tradition at the county’s largest primary school. Jimmy Diggins […]

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IT Tralee North Campus

Two Enterprising Events At IT Tralee This Friday

March 15, 2018 at 11:29 am Comments are Disabled

TWO enterprising events will take place tomorrow in IT Tralee involving young students and business start-ups. The IT Tralee will host its annual Enterprise Showcase from 10.00am – 2.00pm where visitors will have a chance to talk to those who took the plunge to set up their own business in Kerry including past […]

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Mercy Mounthawk students Joe Hanafin, Niamh Ferris, Carl Fitzgibbon, Luke O'Carroll and Riadh O'Sullivan at Céiliúradh na nÓg in The Brandon Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Hundreds Of Students Attend Ceiliúradh Na nÓg In The Brandon

March 14, 2018 at 3:24 pm Comments are Disabled

OVER 230 post-primary students from across the Diocese of Kerry  gathered together for a celebration day in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee on Wednesday. All post-primary schools in the Diocese of Kerry were invited to participate in ‘Ceiliúradh na nÓg.’  The purpose of this initiative is to develop the faith life […]

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Orlaigh O'Brien

Pres Student Bakes Her Way To Third In Nationwide Competition

March 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm Comments are Disabled

A STUDENT from Presentation Secondary School Tralee baked her way into third place in a National Competition last week. Orlaith O’Brien from Pres achieved third at the ‘CEIST All Ireland Bake-Off’ which is supported by Odlums. Orlaith was one of eight finalists in the senior category chosen from hundreds of […]

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Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí students  who took part in the fun run in the Town Park on Friday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Gaelcholáiste Students Go For A ‘Rith’ In The Town Park

March 11, 2018 at 9:05 am Comments are Disabled

GAELCHOLÁISTE Chiarraí is currently marking Seachtain na Gaeilge with a host of activities. From March 1 until St Patrick’s Day there’s a whole host of events taking place at the school and on Friday it was time to stretch the legs and get active for a ‘rith’ in the Town […]

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Tom O'Farrell, Sean Quilter, Conor Fitzmaurice and Michael Carroll, cast members in the CBS The Green's upcoming production of 'Sive'. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: CBS Students To Take On A John B Keane Classic

March 10, 2018 at 10:38 am Comments are Disabled

TRANSITION Year students at Tralee CBS are busily preparing to take on a John B Keane classic this month. They will tread the boards at the school on Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22 in ‘Sive’. Teacher and director, Ellen McGillycuddy,  said drama is an important part of the […]

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Pictured Maria Brennan , Colm McEvoy CEO Kerry ETB Jim Ficune Chariman Kerry ETB , Anne O'Dwyer and Owen O Donnell of the Kerry Education & Training Board (Kerry ETB) with Mr. Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport who launched our Education and Training Strategy 2018-2022 at Kerry ETB’s Cappanalea Outdoor and Education Training Centre today . 
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PRESS INFO -- Kerry Education and Training Board launch their Education and Training Strategy
2018 - 2022
Kerry Education & Training Board (Kerry ETB) are pleased to announce Mr. Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will launch our Education and Training Strategy 2018-2022 at Kerry ETB’s Cappanalea Outdoor and Education Training Centre at 10 am on Friday the 9th March 2018. 
Kerry ETB was established on July 1st 2013 and the development of this strategy provided an opportunity to chart the strategic direction for Kerry ETB over the next five years. The ETBs services includes primary, post primary and a wide range of further education and training programmes.
The mission of Kerry ETB is to create and promote 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.
In developing this Strategy, the methodology adopted was designed to ensure extensive internal and external consultation including, ETB board members, learners, students, managers, staff, parents, industry and key community partners and agencies. 
The Strategy emphasises the role of Kerry ETB in promoting a holistic education and training experience that spans the full spectrum of life-long learning. Key to the development of the strategy was the commitment to the organisations core values of Respect, Quality, Inclusion, Equality and Learning.  The Strategy aims to promote a shared vision across all of Kerry ETB’s programmes, centres, colleges, schools and services. This shared vision will help to ensure an integrated and seamless approach to the provision of education and training opportunities across the county.
The Strategy has identified nine Strategic Goals: -
1) Nationally and Internationally recognised and Quality Assured Programmes.
2) Quality Teaching and Learning.
3) Innovative Education and Training Responses.
4) Access and Progression.
5) Develop Productive Partnerships.
6) Stakeholder Engagement.
7) Effectiveness and Accountability in Governance and Leadership.
8) Marketing, Branding and Communication.
9) Enhancing the Working and Learning Environment.
Each strategic goal has a key number of associated actions. Progress with the implementation of the strategy will be measured annually by the implementation plans. The successful implementation of the strategy will require a shared ownership across the organisation with each school, center and programme utilising the strategic objective as the key drivers for their local planning and development.
The Chairperson of Kerry ETB, Cllr. Jim Finucane in welcoming the publication of the strategy stated: “I am delighted with the publication of the Kerry ETB Strategy Statement 2018-2022. The ETB is a key provider of education and training opportunities across county Kerry and the successful implementation of this strategy will ensure the continued successful development of the organisation over the next five years. I wish to thank the Chief Executive Officer, the Directors and all involved in the development of the Strategy Statement and I look forward to its implementation”.
The Chief Executive Office of Kerry ETB, Mr. Colm Mc Evoy stated: “I am confident that the strategic goals set out in the Strategy Statement are grounded in the organisations core values of Respect, Learning, Quality, Inclusion and Equality and set out a clear strategic path for their development until 2022. Kerry ETB is a large geographically dispersed organisation with over 1,100 staff, delivering education and training programmes from our twenty eight centres to over 15,000 students/learners annually. Our annual budget is in excess of €52 million making the ETB a key contributor the local economy. I look forward to working with the Board, the Directors, School and Centre Management and all the Staff in leading the implementation of the strategy over the next five year”
Ann O’Dwyer Director of Schools, Youth and Music stated that “Kerry ETB Primary and Post Primary schools, Youth Work and Music provision look forward to implementing this strategy over the next 5 years. It is the ambition of all our schools to achieve the “highly effective school” standards of teaching and learning, school management and ICT integration as set out by the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate in the “Looking at our Schools Quality Framework for Primary and Post Primary Schools.” Kerry ETB schools are fully implementing the new Junior Cycle and will have commenced the implementation of the new Senior Cycle during the life of this strategy. We will also continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of students through the full implementation of the DES Wellbeing Programme and also the ongoing development of the Student Support Teams. It is also envisaged that we will develop 3-4 additional Community National Schools in order to provide for diversity and inclusion in the primary sector. Kerry ETB will also work with our partner Kerry County Council, schools and music bodies to establish Music Generation in Kerry over the coming years. It is our plan to support the continued development of both targeted and generic youth work programmes across the county, based on the needs identified in the recent youth work audit. Kerry ETB will support the improvement of the Irish language through our work the relevant agencies on the implementation of the various Irish Plans across the county as well as continuing to prioritise oral language acquisition on our 8 schools.  
The Kerry ETB Director of Further Education and Training, Mr Owen O Donnell stated: “Further Education and Training has gone through seismic change over the last few years with the creation of the Education and Training Boards. Kerry ETB aims to continue at the forefront of this change with the development of our Further Education and Training provision to offer the highest quality education and training opportunities possible to our learners and Industry in Kerry. The Strategic Goals outlined in the Kerry ETB 2018-2022 Strategy will act as a road map for the ongoing transformation of the Further Education and Training provision within Kerry. Kerry ETB has several projects in development for new apprenticeships and courses including the upgrading of facilities countywide. I look forward to working with our team in Kerry ETB in the implementation of this Strategic plan“
The Kerry ETB Director of Organisation Support & Development, Ms Maria Brennan stated:  “This Strategy Statement was developed following an extensive consultation process with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.  The nine goals which will plot our course over the next five years are the product of numerous workshops, interviews and questionnaires.  A planning and monitoring process will be put in place to evaluate the effectiveness of the Strategy and ensure realisation of our goals. I look forward to the full implementation of the strategy and ensuring the continued development of Kerry ETB as a leader in Education and Training provision in Kerry”.
For further information, please contact Marion O Toole at or 066 7121488

Minister Launches Kerry ETB’s Education And Training Strategy 2018-2022

March 9, 2018 at 5:28 pm Comments are Disabled

MR Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport launched the Kerry Education and Training Board’s Education and Training Strategy 2018-2022 at Kerry ETB’s Cappanalea Outdoor and Education Training Centre on Friday morning. Kerry ETB was established on July 1st 2013 and the development […]

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Coláiste Gleann Lí To Pilot New Alcohol Awareness Programme

Coláiste Gleann Lí To Pilot New Alcohol Awareness Programme

March 6, 2018 at 9:37 am Comments are Disabled

COLÁISTE Gleann Lí in Clash is to pilot a new alcohol awareness programme that has been devised by Coláiste Gleann Lí is the first Kerry school to pilot the innovative programme 8-week programme which spans from first to third year and is being independently reviewed by the National University […]

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'The Simpsons' taking part in the Dress In Character Day for Love Literature Week at Presentation Secondary School on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Great Fun At Presentation For ‘Dress In Character’ Day

March 1, 2018 at 11:51 am Comments are Disabled

THE elaborate costumes, the excitement of dressing up and the giddiness of finding out the weather alert would ensure a four day weekend, created a fantastic atmosphere at Presentation Secondary School on Wednesday…and that was just among the teachers! Presentation Secondary School Tralee was celebrating their highly anticipated, high octane […]

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Mercy Mounthawk Parents Council To Hold Table Quiz

Mercy Mounthawk Parents Council To Hold Table Quiz

February 28, 2018 at 10:56 am Comments are Disabled

THE Parents Council at Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School is holding a table quiz on Thursday, March 8at 7.30pm. This will be a great night for all ages to pit their general knowledge skills on a wide range of questions. The Parents Council has decided to hold their quiz in the […]

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Presentation girls and supporters after winning the U16B National League title at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin yesterday.

WATCH: Presentation Basketballers Complete National Title Double

February 28, 2018 at 10:27 am Comments are Disabled

PRESENTATION Secondary School Tralee completed a double of national titles when they won the U16 B League All Ireland at National Basketball Arena, Tallaght yesterday. Having won the U16B Cup in January, their opponents were St Paul’s Oughterard and the girls ran out 47 to 14 winners. There was joyous […]

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Mercy Mounthawk Invites Parents For Talk On Social Media

Mercy Mounthawk Invites Parents For Talk On Social Media

February 27, 2018 at 3:46 pm Comments are Disabled

MERCY Secondary School Mounthawk are celebrating their theme of ‘Family’ in a special way from March 5th -9th under the slogan of ‘Family First Forget Fones’ and a talk will be held this Thursday about social media and its effect on family life. For the week, the focus will be […]

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Mounthawk Students Have Junk Fashion Down To A ‘Tea’

Mounthawk Students Have Junk Fashion Down To A ‘Tea’

February 21, 2018 at 10:28 am Comments are Disabled

STUDENTS at Mercy Mounthawk are hoping a design inspired by their grannies sees them through to the Junk Kouture national finals. Transition Years Louise O’Sullivan from Gort na Gréine, Isabelle Crowe from Doon and Clodagh O’Sullivan from Leith are in the Regional Finals of the competition but they need public […]

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Terry Healy (second from right) of Terry's Butcher's Oakpark presented jerseys to the Under 14 Mercy Mounthawk Basketball Team on Friday. Also included are assistant coaches Lyndsey Moriarty and Jimmy Diggins and Head Coach John Dowling. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mercy Mounthawk Teams Get Ready For All-Ireland Semi-Finals

February 17, 2018 at 10:35 am Comments are Disabled

TWO teams at Mercy Mounthawk are preparing for All Ireland semi-finals next week. First up, the under 14 boys play St Pats of Cavan in the All A Ireland Under 14 cup semi final this Tuesday, February 20, in the National Basketball Arena Dublin. In the previous rounds they beat […]

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NO REPRO FEES - The annual Show Racism the Red Card awards ceremony Tuesday, 2nd May, at 11.45am at Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24.Show Racism the Red Card is a charity that uses sports and the high profile of sportspeople to tackle racism.  The organisation holds an annual creative competition, calling on young people to develop creative messages about racism and integration.Photo:Barry Cronin/ 087-9598549

Tralee Schools Urged To Show Racism The Red Card

February 17, 2018 at 10:33 am Comments are Disabled

SHOW Racism the Red Card are calling on all primary and secondary schools, youth organisations, children and young people in Tralee and Kerry to enter their annual ‘Anti-Racism Creative Competition 2018′. The competition encourages young people to develop creative anti-racism messages using written, visual and audio-visual means. The deadline for […]

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In front; Niamh Rahilly, Natasha Tobin and Ruth O'Connell. At back; Doireann Thomas, Mary O'Connell, Laura Scanlon and Aisling O'Connell who are taking part in a project on Lyme Disease awareness. Photo by Dermot Crean

Pres Girls To Raise Awareness Of Lyme Disease With Project

February 13, 2018 at 9:38 am Comments are Disabled

IT’S a disease which has been in the news quite a bit over the past few years and now girls from Presentation Tralee have decided to do a project on it. A group of Transition Years at the school are currently working on a project to create more awareness around […]

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See All Presentation Primary Has To Offer At Open Morning

February 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm Comments are Disabled

PRESENTATION Primary School, Tralee will hold an Open Morning this Wednesday, February 14, to showcase  all the school has to offer. Located in the heart of Tralee, Presentation Primary School has a long tradition of delivering an outstanding education to pupils in their care. Working in partnership with parents/guardians, they […]

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WATCH: CBS Primary Infants Talk All Things Love-Related

WATCH: CBS Primary Infants Talk All Things Love-Related

February 9, 2018 at 9:50 am Comments are Disabled

HERE’S  something to put a smile on your face this Friday. The good folks at CBS Primary School have got into the Valentine’s Day spirit a bit early and made a video where children from the infants class talk all things love-related. Below, they explain what love is, what happens […]

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Ciarán Ó Donnchú (second left), winner of a national writing competition, with French teacher Honor Nic Gloinn and students Danica Ní Chéileachair, Clodagh Ní Chonchúir, Bríd Sionóid and Seán Ó Loingsigh. Photo by Dermot Crean

Ciarán’s French Flair Wins €2,150 Prize In National Competition

February 8, 2018 at 8:52 am Comments are Disabled

A STUDENT from Tralee has won a national competition which will see him and some classmates off to a French-speaking country. Ciarán Ó Donnchú, a Transtion Year student in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí won prize fund of €2,150 for his winning entry in a competition to celebrate European Day of Languages which […]

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In front, Con O'Connor of Pieta House with pupils of Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn who presented Pieta House with €566. Included are Lauren Ní Fhlaitheartaigh, Dáithi Ó Loingsigh, Megan Nic Artúir, Grace Ní Dhomhnaill, Cillian Ó Domhnaill. Back from left; Teachers Deaglán Ó Cuill, Liam Ó Conchubhair, Olive Uí Ghearáin, Treasa Uí Righaill, Colm Ó hAiniféin, Principal Cáit Uí Chonchúir and Kieran O'Brien of Pieta House. Photo by Dermot Crean

Gaelscoil Raises €566 In Less Than An Hour For Pieta House

February 7, 2018 at 11:47 am Comments are Disabled

THE generosity of the people of Tralee was definitely in evidence just before Christmas. The children from Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn were carol singing outside Penney’s on the Wednesday, December 20, and in just under an hour they raised €566. “We try to support charities around Christmas and this time we […]

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CBS Pupils Begin Weekly Visits To Fatima Nursing Home Residents

CBS Pupils Begin Weekly Visits To Fatima Nursing Home Residents

February 6, 2018 at 10:41 am 1 comment

CBS Primary School is bridging the generation gap in a new project with Fatima Nursing home. Ten fourth class children have become members of “The Seanóige Club”, who will visit the Nursing Home on a weekly basis to engage in a range of activities with the residents. It is hoped […]

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