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Killarney Community College TY students equipped with First Aid Skills

BUSY Transition Year students at Killarney Community College have successfully completed an emergency first aid training course, mentored by expert tutor Sheilah Nolan, to help equip them with essential skills that can help others in need. The objective of the course, which was undertaken over the past few weeks was to provide them with the knowledge, practical skills and competence to be able to respond to an emergency. It also allows students to support the occupational first aiders and cardiac first responders in an emergency. The intensive course involved:

•         The aims of first aid and responsibilities of administering first aid
•         Casualty assessment and monitoring vital signs
•         Respiratory emergencies for asthma, choking and anaphylaxis
•         Recognition and management of partial complete obstruction
•         Recognition and management of chest pain/heart attack
•         CPR and introduction to the defibrillator
•         Stroke and management
•         The unconscious casualty: causes and management
•         Fainting, shock and management
•         Bleeding and management
•         Medical emergencies for epilepsy and diabetes
•         Fractures and soft tissue injury

The college’s TY co-ordinator, Kerri McCarthy, said the students thoroughly enjoyed the practical first aid course.  Sheilah was a superb, professional instructor who instilled the knowledge and skills to our students. It has given them the confidence and knowledge to act safely and quickly in an emergency situation,” she said. “It is a critical life skill that will benefit them throughout their lives,” Ms McCarthy stated.Participating students all received certification for taking part in the emergency first aid course.

"Signs Speak Louder Than Words"

Transition Year students represented Killarney Community College at this year’s Young Social Innovators Speakout which took place last Thursday 8th March in Cork City Hall. The Young Social Innovators (YSI) Programme for senior cycle is a youth-led, team-based, action focused programme. Working in teams, young people aged 15-18 identify a social issue of concern to them, explore it and come up with real actions and responses. The students in Killarney Community College chose an issue they feel very passionately about. The aim of the student’s project is to raise awareness of the Deaf Community here in Killarney and encourage people to learn sign language. They believed that this issue needed to be explored in order to create a more inclusive society especially now that ISL (Irish Sign Language) which is now officially recognised as a native and independent language in Ireland. This legislation was passed by the Dáil in December 2017 which was put forward by Senator Mark Daly.  Their teacher YSI Guide Ms. Lorraine Crowley received an award for the most inspiring YSI leader guide to her students.  She encouraged and motivated them throughout their project.
The TY students completed research to find out the level of knowledge and awareness of the deaf community the students already possessed. They also invited Aileen Curtaine from DeafHear Killarney to visit their class with her daughter Aisling who is a member of the deaf community. Aisling explained how she wants people outside of the deaf community to learn some basic sign language so we can all communicate. This is a wish for many people who are deaf and this motivated the students to organise sign language classes for their Transition Year class. The students are currently learning sign language with John Patrick Doherty who himself is a member of the deaf community. This is a QQI Level 3 Certificate and once they have this completed, these Young Social Innovators hope to teach sign language to the first years in the school. The students are creating a positive influence in the community.


Senior Ladies Football

Massive congratulations to our Senior Ladies Football team who are through to the Munster Final after overcoming Scoil Mhuire Crosshaven in a fantastic display winning 9-11 to 3 -11 in very tough windy and wet conditions last Monday in Cloughduv. Super effort by all involved Well Done girls, roll on the final.


Senior Ladies Munster Final

The senior ladies team suffered a heart breaking loss in today's Munster Final against a physically stronger and imposing Ennis Community College. Our girls went into half time just one point down on a score of 2-5 to 1-7. We got hit with 2 quick goals at the beginning of the second half and were on the back foot from there on in. In all fairness to our team they rallied and showed great character to chip away at the lead and led by 2 points with 15 minutes remaining. Unfortu...nately the strength and experience of the Ennis team allowed them to finish strongly with our girls fighting hard to the end and narrowly missing a goal chance to set up a deserved equaliser. The final score was Ennis CC 5-11 Killarney CC 4-11.

Unfortunately ,it simply was not our day but there were some outstanding performances on our team. Carmel Looney game was an exhibition at full back while the dynamic stack sisters caused havoc with Niamh (player of the match) scoring 1-4 from play and older sister Kate also contributing 1-4.Martha Fitzgerald scored 2 classy points from play while Molly O’Connor and Ciara Kearney both managed to raise the green flag in the second half.

Well done to all 25 players, Ms Louise Mccarthy and Ms Edel Cronin for their expert guidance throughout the year. The 70 supporters who travelled were in full voice for the whole game and did themselves, their team and school proud. A special mention to Ann Maire for all her hard work decorating the school, making flags and raising school spirits. This won't be the last we hear about this group of girls, we are extremely proud of their achievements and raising the profile of sporting achievements within the school.

Missing from photo: Orlaith Murphy

Natalia is a WINNER!! Apprentice Chef 2018

A KILLARNEY student, hugely talented in the culinary arts, was named Supreme Apprentice Chef despite stiff competition from secondary school students from across Munster. A stunning dish of pan-seared Skeaghanore duck with a sweet orange glaze earned Natalia Leane from Killarney Community College the coveted Supreme Apprentice Chef title in the high-profile competition final at IT Tralee. The finalists cooked up some real treats in the college’s state-of-the-art kitchens in the Flogas Ireland and Fáilte Ireland supported contest. Earlier this year each finalist was assigned an experienced chef to provide mentoring to help them design and create a unique signature dish using locally sourced ingredients and the discerning judges were overwhelmed by the exceptional standard. Mark Doe: established the competition. As the winner, transition year student Natalia, who celebrated her 17th birthday the next day, walked away with a prize package that included a set of professional knives from McDonnells, €1,000 equipment for her school, a year’s subscription to Easyfood Magazine and a professional food styling session at Easyfood Magazine HQ this summer. In addition, she received the specially commissioned Supreme Apprentice Chef perpetual trophy. Oliver Sullivan, Hospitality Manager at Fáilte Ireland, said the competition was a fantastic opportunity for young people who want a culinary career to showcase their talent and potential. “It is an excellent way for younger chefs to set a standard and define their own style and I’ve no doubt that today’s winner and indeed all those who entered will find a rich and rewarding career in Ireland’s hospitality industry.” This is the sixth year of the Apprentice Chef Programme which was established by Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School and Mark Murphy, lecturer in Culinary Arts at IT Tralee. Ref: killarneytoday.com

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