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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

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.