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Election candidate proposes new plan to tackle school costs for families

CORK South-West election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony is proposing a new strategy to help parents to manage the financial cliff that comes with back-to-school costs every September. Councillor Murphy O’Mahony has said a survey from the Irish League of Credit Unions, which says parents face costs of an average of €400 per child on uniforms and books this September, is “just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to

SNAs left in the dark about future at County Cork schools

SPECIAL Needs Assistants at some schools in west Cork are still waiting to find out if they will have a job to go back to in September, according to Fianna Fáil councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony. Cllr Murphy O’Mahony said Fianna Fáil is aware that there has been a significant delay in informing SNAs that they will soon be out of a job due to changes to the number of pupils with

Sophia’s drawing chosen for commerative WB Yeats book

LISHEEN NS pupil Sophia Ball, is a young artist with a very bright future. Her drawing depicting Yeats “Stolen Child” has been chosen to be included in a commerative book on the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prize winning poet WB Yeats called “The Magic Within”. This was a project which promoted access to, and enjoyment of the poetry of WB Yeats. The project aimed to enable

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