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The QQI Awards Certification Ceremony held in Killarney Community College on Friday last was a resounding success, with over one hundred students achieving certification. The QQI Awards were presented to both day and night students of the College.  The day students graduated in Office Administration, a fulltime Level 5/6 one year course.  Night course Award Recipients had studied Occupational First Aid; Manual & Computerised Accounts; Special Needs Assisting and Healthcare Support.

Mr. John Keane, Director of Adult Education in Killarney Community College congratulated all the recipients and commended them for their commitment and endeavour.  Their achievements greatly represent the College Mission Statement of “Excellence in Learning for Life through Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion”.  He congratulated the staff members of the College for the effort they put in over the year and thanked them for assisting the students to do so well in their studies. 

Mr. Tom Looney, former Director of Adult Education was the Special Guest of the evening. He presented all awards and in his inspiring speech reminded students of the importance of their personal achievement. He commended their dedication and the personal sacrifices many had to make to complete their courses. He reminded them of the importance of QQI Certification and lifelong learning.
The highly successful evening ended with light refreshments and an opportunity for students to meet with their peers and tutors commending their personal success.

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RISING star Jake Carter went from the stage to the classroom on Friday afternoon and sparked great excitement in a Killarney secondary school.

One of the most popular country music stars in Ireland paid a surprise visit to Killarney Community College and performed for students and staff who sang and danced along in the assembly hall.

Music teacher Joanna Hughes was delighted to hear that the talented 18-year-old, the younger brother of chart topping artist Nathan Carter, was paying a visit.

“With the huge uptake of music in the college in the past few years, an experience like this will benefit our music students in their own practical assessment for both Junior and Leaving Certificate,” she said.

Jake has often performed at his brother’s gigs and festivals and has been a great hit with the fans. He has been gigging relentlessly in the UK and Ireland, performing in clubs, restaurants, concerts and private events. 

Ref KillarneyToday.com More pictures of his event at the college is on our school Facebook page.

Junior Certificate Results 2017

A proud day for our students who received their Junior Certificate Results

The College congratulates all their Junior Cycle Students today. Having embarked on the new English Junior Cycle curriculum teachers saw the majority of students achieving Distinctions and Higher Merits in this new syllabus. This is a landmark day for students in Killarney Community College as English is the first subject awarded new grade descriptors in Junior Certificate results.

The Key skills and core competencies that these students have developed will stand well to them as they enter Senior Cycle. The Junior Certificate is an important milestone in the students’ academic journey and marks the transition into greater independence and focus in subject choices in the coming school years. Teachers are very proud of their students and are encouraging all students to celebrate in a safe manner and to be sensible.

Currently studying Transition Year Karen O’Donoghue achieved 8 Higher Level A’s in her subjects including Gaeilge, Maths, History, Geography, French, Art, Business Studies, Science and CSPE and a Higher Merit in her new English Junior Cycle. Karen hope to follow fashion design in Dublin and is now set to follow her chosen career path into Senior Cycle and beyond.

Twins Rachel and Louise Healy matched each other grade for grade with Higher levels achieved in all subjects. The hard work has truly paid off for this sister team! More pictures are on our school's Facebook page.




Life’s a Surf for Killarney Community College Students!

Transition Year students kicked off their year of Tuesday activities on 5th September with Surfing at Inch beach with the Offshore Surf school. Instructors Kieran and Steve taught the students the skills and techniques necessary to stand up on the surf board. According to student Aisling Coughlan “it was a fun activity to begin the year because I got to enjoy it with my friends and I improved my surfing skills”. Transition Year co-ordinator Ms. Kerri McCarthy said “Surfing is one of the highlights of their activities calendar which the students really enjoy, it is a wonderful activity at the beginning of the school year because students get to know one another and lifelong friendships begin”. A superb day was had by all the students. Please click on our school Facebook page for more pictures from the day.

Picture: Brian Kelleher, Lucia Delgado, Paula Genis, Emma Lynch, Paulina Kovalewska,


Thursday night 18th May was a star-studded occasion in Killarney Community College.  Teachers, students, parents and distinguished guests assembled for the annual awards ceremony to honour and recognise students in the college.

John Herlihy who is a past pupil from Killarney Community College and is from Radio Kerry was the special guest presenter on the night. John Herlihy is Manager of Radio Kerry Training where he oversees the National Diploma in Radio Production delivered between the National Digital Skills Centre in Tralee and Radio Kerry Training. It’s the only radio skills course in Ireland to be run at a live radio station. He’s worked as a music presenter, producer and voice over artist too.  In addition to his radio work and training work, John lectures at the Institute of Technology Tralee where he works across the Hotel, Culinary and Tourism, Business and Creative Media Departments. 

He gave a wonderful heartfelt speech to the assembled engaged audience and provided food for thought to the award recipients with his tips for life after school. Killarney Community College students received awards for areas such as Contribution to the life the school, Academic Achievement, Sports, Arts and Design and Technology.

Ann O’ Dwyer, Director of Schools at Kerry ETB praised the college on its work ethic and complimented all involved on the high standard of work. On presenting the Awards the Acting school Principal Stella Loughnane commended all award recipients and the wonderful teamwork of the teachers and staff for the awards night. 

Mutaz Almusawi was voted by the teachers as the student of the year as during his 6 years in the school, he has endeared himself to everyone through his commitment, pleasant manner, works ethos and involvement with all areas of school life.

The Principal’s Award went to Adam Hurley for his overall contribution to the school.  Nelu O’ Doherty received the Senior Sports Awards as recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport in the college and in his respective clubs. Orlaith Murphy won an award in the Junior Sports category in recognition of her sporting prowess.

Sarah O’ Riordan Clifford and Saoirse Freisinger won the Arts Awards, while Sarah Finnan received the Senior Music Award. The Design and Technology award was presented to Broghan Edmonds.  All students were credited for their amazing talents in these areas.

Contribution to the life of the school Award was presented to Brian Kelliher. Ross Brennan and Rory O’ Carroll were presented with the award for Living the Ethos. Ross and Rory have been constantly involved in promoting the school ethos of “Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion”. 

Awards were presented to last year’s Best Junior and Leaving Certificate Exam. Students Natalia Aleksejenko received best Leaving Certificate, Best Junior Certificate went to Grace O’ Sullivan and Leaving Certificate Applied to Filip Bruzgiewicsz.

The night was a great success with entertainment being provided by various musical acts, under the direction of music teacher Ms Joanna Hughes. A wonderful sense of occasion was felt in Killarney Community College on this most important night for all involved. 

Acting Principal Stella Loughnane concluded the night with a sincere speech when she referenced the famous quote from Maya Angelou ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel and tonight we want you to feel both valued and celebrated as you move forward in life’. It was a memorable night for all students and their parents in the college. Please click on our facebook page for more pictures of the night and award winners.


Principal's Award 2017 - Ms. Stella Loughnane & Adam Hurley

Student of the Year 2017 Award - Ms. Stella Loughnane & Mutaz Almusawi