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"Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give." - Ben Carson

Pitman Training sponsor fledgling Killarney Swimming Club

I would like to sincerely thank Pitman Training Kerry for their generous sponsorship of Killarney Swimming Club. The donation has allowed us to provide club t-shirts and swimming caps to all swimmers.

Mike O'Sullivan, ChairmanForming the club was the natural progression given the growth and interest in swimming in the area and credit is due to all the swim centres and teachers who have run learning to swim programmes for kids. We got a great response when we started enrolling for members in January. Our aim was to recruit members from those who had come through the learning to swim programmes and were ready for the more dedicated lane swimming involved with a club. We were very pleased to not only have enough numbers for three squads but also to know that there are many other young swimmers coming on stream to join up shortly. The main ethos of the club is to provide an opportunity for youngsters to partake in the sport. Although swimming is a highly skilled and energtic sport it is also a very integrated one, where boys and girls from various age groups train together as a team. Enjoyment, health and being part of a club are the main benefits for members, but the club also aims to provide an opportunity for those who may aspire to compete in the sport at a higher level.

Killarney Swimming Club

Swimmers from Killarney Swimming Club that participated in the Grade 'B' Gala in Ennis



Young Entrepreneur Programme

Your contribution as a mentor has been critical in enabling us to develop the programme, which is pioneering the development of young people for a career in entrepreneurship.

Jerry Kennelly, Young Entrepreneur Programme and Founder of Tweak.comThis hugely successful programme which has been run in secondary schools and third level institutions since 2007, held 25 events and seen 3,400 students complete a course in entrepreneurship. Tomás Finneran, co-founder of Fluirse, has been working as a mentor with the programme since its foundation in 2007.

The programme is a unique opportunity to explore and develop the talents of young entrepreneurs. It complements traditional learning by encouraging workshops, case studies and interaction with key business people on top of the participants own ideas.

Those who have created this vision hope that their efforts will leave a mark on the students who undertake this course. That they may develop to become local or global entrepreneurs in business or alternatively bring entrepreneurial thinking to their place of work, to Government or to education itself.

YEP

Jerry Kennelly with the 2013 Winner of the Young Entrepreneur Programme, Kaithlin Corcoran

 

Donation of Software to the value of €200,000

Like many of the schools in Ireland, we are tired of waiting for the government to step up to the mark and provide schools with adequate funding, so we decided to be more proactive

Kristian O'Donovan, Fluirse Education SolutionsFlúirse Education Solutions donates its Anois children’s interactive titles with unlimited site licences to over 600 disadvantaged schools nationwide.

23rd November 2007 – Teachers, children and parents across Ireland will be welcoming an early Christmas present this November as Fluirse continued their commitment to enhancing the learning and teaching experience for parents, teachers and children by donating software with unlimited site licences valued at over €200,000 to some 600 disadvantaged primary schools throughout Ireland. The software will be selected from Fluirse’s Anois series of titles, which were developed last year by the company and were the first interactive titles based on the Irish curriculum.

Approximately 20% of primary schools are classed as “disadvantaged” in Ireland, a startling figure considering Ireland has the third fastest growing economy in the world. With little sign of any change in this Government’s policy on investment in education, Fluirse Education Solutions, a Kerry based company, decided to take a proactive approach.

“Like many of the schools in Ireland, we are tired of waiting for the government to step up to the mark and provide schools with adequate funding, so we decided to be more proactive” explained Kristian O’Donovan, co-founder of Fluirse. “Even though over 600 schools are classed as disadvantaged, the reality is that the majority of schools are disadvantaged. Teachers are clearly lacking the support and training necessary to effectively use what limited ICT resources are available to them in the classroom. Our donation is relatively small considering the sustained investment that is required, but at least it proves our commitment in tackling the issue.” he added.