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New building confirmed for Skibbereen Gaelscoil

THERE was good news for Skibbereen town when Minister of State at the Department of Education Damien English TD confirmed a new school building for the staff and students on a visit to Gaelscoil Dr Uí Shúilleabháin. The school which is 21-years-old has been looking for a permanent building for many years and has been accommodated in temporary pre fab structures for almost all of its existence. The Minister was

Scoil Phobail Bhéara team win Young Social Innovator award

ON May 6th Disability Accessibility, a group of Transition Year students from Scoil Phobail Bhéara won the Young Social Innovator Making our World More Inclusive and Poverty Free Award at the Young Social Innovators showcase in Citywest, Dublin. The group has worked really hard all year raising awareness about disabled parking and the access to facilities for people with disabilities. Disability Accessibility decided to tackle the problem of the abuse

Leave the Car – it’s not that far! Bantry puils take a greener route to school

SAINT Finbarr’s BNS and Our Lady of Mercy N.S., Bantry, launched their Green-Schools WOW (Walk on Wednesday) campaign to encourage more sustainable travel in Bantry. Both schools are working towards their fourth Green-Schools flag which is all about promoting safe and environmentally-friendly travel. The two schools combined their efforts to encourage families to walk or park-and-stride to school for the WOW on Wednesday 29th of April.

Beara transition year team win young social innovators award

A TRANSITION year group from Scoil Phobail Bheara, Castletownbere were recently named winners of the “Making our World Healthier” category in the Physical Well Being Award at the Young Social Innovator Showcase at Citywest, in Dublin. The team, named “Are you my Type?” are a group of 11 transition year students who set out to learn about blood donation in Ireland and around the world, to change attitudes to blood

Rath NS celebrity quiz a great success

Ryan Tubridy wanted to know the full names of all the children who won the golden tickets in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, while Brendan O’Connor asked the names of all the Kardashian sisters and their ½ sisters the Jenners, all correctly spelt including accents…… This was the beginning of a very enjoyable if not sometimes frustrating night for all the quiz participants at Caseys of Baltimore recently. This

Early Years Capital Programme 2015 launched

THE Minister for Children, Dr James Reilly T.D has announced capital funding totalling €7 million for early years services. €5 million is being made available in grant assistance, for community (not for profit) childcare services, providing grant assistance in the region of €500,000 for substantial upgrades, such a major refurbishment or re-location to new premises. Grants of up to €50,000 will also be available for essential maintenance or for works

Lusitania Museum will be opened at Old Head Restored Signal Tower by Minister Coveney

THE 200 year-old Signal Tower at the Old Head is currently being restored to its former glory and will officially open to the public as a Lusitania Museum on May 7th 2015, on the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. The Museum will exhibit artefacts recovered from the wreckage of the ship on the top floor, and its parapet walk way will boast beautiful panoramic views of one

Beara students’ project tackles disability accessibility

‘Disability Accessibility’ is a Young Social Innovators Project from Scoil Phobail Bhéara in Castletownbere. The project group consists of Daragh Crowley, Ciara Crowley, Eimear O’ Neill, Simon Harrison, Brian Collins, Tommy O’ Sullivan, Ciara O’Sullivan, Matthew Martin Sullivan and Conor McQuaid. Disability Accessibility set out to raise awareness about the lack of facilities for people with disabilities and to improve the facilities already available. They also wanted to research and

RAWR visit to  Rusnacahara National School

ON April 14th Deirdre O’Brien, Education officer for RAWR visited Rusnacahara National School to give an introductory talk to the students on animal care. Poppy a rescue dog accompanied Deirdre on her visit and she was a real hit with the children. During the talk the students learned about the needs of pets, how to get your home pet ready and the important Do’s and Don’t when it come to

Ballinadee National School scoop Best Overall Project in Port of Cork School’s Initiative 2015

The Port of Cork Company has awarded Ballinadee National School Best Overall Project in the Port of Cork School’s Initiative 2015. The 5th class’ outstanding work was duly recognised at an awards ceremony in the Port of Cork boardroom, when they were presented with best overall project by the Chairman of the Port of Cork, Mr John Mullins. As an extra special prize, overall winners Ballinadee National School will go