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Sending Killarney students to UCC is Good Business


Frank Murphy, Monex, (second from right) at the launch of the initiative at UCC with Michael Leahy Accounting and Business Head, St Brendan’s College, Roisín Moore Principal, St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and Stella Loughnane, Principal, Killarney Community College.

STUDENTS from Killarney who are accepted to study business at University College Cork could be eligible for scholarships worth up to €3,000 thanks to a generous benefactor who runs a hugely successful worldwide enterprise from Killarney.

Monex Financial Services has announced details of a major new scholarship project to support Killarney Leaving Cert students accepted to third level studies at Cork University Business School in UCC.

It will offer financial assistance to facilitate progression through third level studies and students from the three Killarney secondary schools, who demonstrate academic commitment and dedication to their studies, are invited to apply.

Owner and founder of Monex, Frank Murphy, said he has had the pleasure of delivering lectures to the Cork University Business School student body and engaging with the faculty in his role as adjunct professor.

“I’m very impressed not only with the education standard and syllabus in respect of current business trends but also the interest displayed for the student’s well-being. UCC is my alma mater so perhaps I am possibly a little biased,” he said.

Speaking at the launch in UCC, Dean of Cork University Business School, Ciaran Murphy, Dean of Cork University Business School said students and the faculty are extremely fortunate that Frank Murphy has so willingly agreed to offer his vast experience and expertise to them.

“We have all benefited from Frank’s wisdom, practical advice and generosity of spirit. We truly value and appreciate the relationship with Monex and look forward to welcoming students from the schools in Killarney,” he said.

The new scholarship project has been welcomed by Killarney Community College principal, Stella Loughnane and St Brigid’s Presentation principal Roisín Moore who attended the official launch as well as St Brendan’s College principal Sean Coffey who was represented by the school’s Accounting and Business Head Michael Leahy.

The initiative will be promoted to students in-house by the school’s career guidance teams. In addition to their application, students will be asked to submit an essay outlining their suitability for the scholarship and the impact participating at Cork University Business School will have on their academic ambitions.

2017 scholarship applications will begin following the first round of CAO offers in mid-August and remain open until October 18 when CAO offer season ends.

Ref: KillarneyToday.com

Green School's Update

It is proving another busy year for the Killarney Community College environmentalists. Last year we began work on our Green Flag for Energy, and with our plan in place and some actions completed, we hit the ground running in September. 

One of our first tasks was to organise the Energy Day of Action, held in October. We decided early on the Pedal Energy experience, so that as well as being informative, there was an energetic element to the event. Students had to cycle in order to generate enough energy to run the multimedia presentation! And proving that there is no such thing as a free lunch, smoothies were provided at lunchtime… if you could generate enough pedal energy to make your own! 

Meanwhile, LCA and TY students are engaging with the Tidy Towns and Killarney Looking Good, taking part in the community litter routine, and making wooden bird boxes which will be donated to the town when completed. 

On March 30th, our fruit and nut orchard was planted, with support from Tidy Towns, Kerry County Council and under the expert horticultural guidance of Niamh Ní Dhuill from Transition Kerry. We planted 15 trees including varieties of plum, apple, quince, pear, walnut and hazelnut. As we know from our roles in education, planting is only the beginning. The real investment is in the long term care and nurture, and the joy is in watching the tree grow to its full height and yielding rich fruit.

And, much to our great delight we have been approved for our Energy Flag! 

Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme

Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme

The Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme provides a unique opportunity for Leaving Certificate students in the Kerry area, to gain a 3rd level qualification in an engineering course of their choice. Upon successful completion, a graduate role in the company is assured.*

*subject to course result and interview

Programme summary 

•Level 7 or Level 8 BEng Qualification in one of the following engineering disciplines: 

Mechanical  |  Structural  |  Electrical  |  Mechatronics  | Automation

•Attend the college of your choice.

•Tuitionfees will be fully paid.

•Workexperience–You will have a guaranteedsummer job with Liebherr forthe duration of the scholarship. 

•Industrial placement– If industrial placement is offered aspart ofyourchosen course, you will be able tocomplete this at Liebherr.

•Guaranteed place onsuccessful completion of your course on the Liebherr graduate programme*.

How to apply

•Apply to the CAO as normal for your course of choice. 

•Apply by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

•Application to include:

Up to date CV including details of Leaving / Junior Cert projects.

Cover letter explaining why you have chosen engineering as a career path.

Copy of CAO application confirming your choice of one of the engineering disciplines above.

Please use ‘Scholarship application – First name Surname’,

            e.g. ‘Scholarship application – Joe Bloggs’ as the subject in your email application.

Key dates 

•Closing date for Liebherr applications is Friday 2nd June 2017 at 12:00pm.

•A letter of response confirming your application will be sent to you no later than Friday 9th June 2017.

•The first stage of the selection process will take place on the week of the 3rd – 7th July.

•The remainder of the selection process will take place after Wednesday 16th August.

•Successful applicants will be selected as soon as possible after college offers are confirmed.

Liebherr Container Cranes 

Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, based in Killarney is one of the world’s leading suppliers of state-of-the-art container handling equipment. Liebherr manufactures ship to shore container cranes for the loading and unloading of containers onto and off of container ships, along with support cranes for the stacking of containers in container yards and loading of containers onto trucks and trains.  The products manufactured in Killarney are in use in ports around the globe. 

Scholarship participant - Shane Hanafin

Secondary school attended:   St. Brendan’s College, Killarney

3rd level:                        Mechatronic Engineering, Institute of Technology,Tralee

Commencement date:            September 2015

Summer placements:             RTG/Straddle carrier design department

Projects in Liebherr:               CSX Pennsylvania, America &  Teesport, England

Overall impression of the scholarship

Financially the scholarship has been invaluable, but being a part of the Liebherr team means much more than just that.  So far, I have gained on-the-job experience throughout my course, which has given me an edge over my college peers in terms of my knowledge and understanding of engineering theories.

I’ve really enjoyed the working environment,and learning from work colleagues who have been more than willing to help me at any point.  It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to see something I have designed go from a sketch on paper to being implemented on these high-tech machines.

I am half way through my course and looking forward to joining the graduate program afterwards.  I would encourage anyone who has an interest in engineering to consider the Liebherr Scholarship Programme.

“One of the key elements of the scholarship is the practical experience the students will gain at Liebherr during their summer and college work placements. The tradition of both a practical and theoretical education is synonymous with Liebherr. ” Mr.Charlie McCarthy,Technical Director.



Killarney Community College, Who’s Got Talent Final 2017 was held on Thursday March 16th.  The event was organised by Ms. Mary Fuller, Ms. Denise O’Sullivan and Ms. Joanna Hughes.  This is the 9th year of this very successful event which showcased the vast talents within the college.  There has been six weeks of auditions and the final 9 acts ranging from dancing, singing and instrumental playing,  battled it out in the Grand Final.  The final 9 acts on the day included students from 1st yr to 6th yr. The glamorous judges for the competition were,

Ms. Siobhan O’Brien, Mr. Brian Hehir, and Mr. Mike Lynch and student judge Abigail Graham.  Winners of the competition received trophies and vouchers.   According to Ms. Hughes “ The school’s spirit is uplifted on days like today when the whole school community shares their many talents through drama, song or instrumental playing”.  According to Principal Stella Loughnane  “This show was one of the highlights in the Arts calendar as it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of the students”  The winner of the talent show was first year student Sinead Gleeson who sang  Ed Sheeran Lego House to her own guitar accompaniment.  2nd Place was Kirill Healy who played a set of jigs on tin whistle and 3rd place was awarded to Ethan McKeon who sang Sam Smith Writing on the Wall. The buzz and excitement echoed through the halls of the college,  a wonderful ending to this school term.

Respect Week

This week Monday 13th - Friday 16th March is Respect week in the College.  Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops on Anti-Bullying, LGBTI, and Community Involvement in promoting Respect. Workshops will be presented by a team from the KDYS, as well as the Community Guard who is based in Killarney.  There will be many activities promoting respect and well- being including the recognition of the 26 nationalities represented in Killarney Community College and culminating with the final of the Who’s Got Talent and a Colour Run both which will take place on Thursday. Ms. O’Riordan,  Pastoral Care Coordinator, believes that the week will be both an informative and fun week for all involved!