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Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí new building project advances to the next stage

Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí new building project advances to the next stage

2nd May 2018


Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is delighted to have received approval from the Department of Education and Skills to progress the New School Building for Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí to the next Stage.

Following the submission of a detailed Stage 1 Report by the Design Team the Department has approved the Project to progress to Stage 2. The Stage 1 submission addressed the development of an initial concept and design for the school including layout, traffic management etc.

In addition this phase included a full site survey assessing ground conditions, existing services, vegetation etc.

The final stage 1 report as submitted summarised the design, cost and viability of the entire project.  

Approval to progress to Stage 2 represents significant advancement project by the Design Team which began its work in April 2017, following their appointment.

The new school which is being delivered under the devolved funding model, will provide a state of the art accommodation for staff and students and will include the following: 

  • Over 20 general purpose classrooms
  • Specialist rooms including multimedia, music, design and communications graphics etc
  • science laboratories
  • arts rooms
  • home economics room
  • construction studies, engineering and technology rooms
  • A school library, general purpose area, students dining area, staff room etc.

In addition the new school building project will include a full size PE hall for the school.

Stage 2 comprises of two elements, Stage 2a Developed Design and Stage 2b Detailed Design. This Stage will address the development of the design to the point where the project can be progressed for submission for the necessary statutory approvals such as planning permission etc.

In welcoming the progress the CEO of Kerry ETB stated “We are delighted to have received approval to advance to the next stage. The timely construction of the new 600 student school for Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí is the number one building project priority for the ETB. I wish to thank the Department of Education and Skills, the Design team members and our staff for their work to date with this project.  We look forward to completing the stage 2 submission by the end of June 2018. I also wish to thank our colleagues in Kerry County Council for their support and assistance with this project. We also wish to thank the local community for their input and support to date with this very positive development in the Regeneration area.  When completed the new building will provide a state of the art facility for the entire school community and the local area. The timeline for the completion of the project is September 2020”. 


For further information, please contact Marion O Toole at or 066 7121488


Kerry ETB Further Education & Training Fair

Kerry ETB Further Education & Training Fair

Thursday 18 April 2018


Excitement is building for the Kerry ETB Further Education and Training Event of the year as the list of live skill demonstrations and event activities continues to grow. The event takes place on Thursday 19 April from 11am-6pm at the Brandon Hotel Tralee.

Hairdressing students will showcase skills in blow-drying, up-styling, braids and GHD styling. The public are invited to experience first-hand the art of dressing hair and bridal work. Meanwhile Beauty Therapy Trainees will do live makeup artistry and nail treatments demonstrations.

Animal lovers who want to stop by our Dog Grooming Parlour can find out about courses that lead to work in this industry.

A huge Apprenticeship display will show what is involved in the high demand welding and fabrication course area, plumbing, motor mechanics, as well providing information for electricians and carpenters. The letter carving, stone carving, clay modelling, stone balancing and stonewall construction display are annual showstoppers.

Foodies will love the pop-up restaurant with light bites served all day. There will be a Dingle Bay Bouillabaisse Demonstration at lunchtime, followed by the timed Two Egg Omelette Eggstravoganza. 

Anyone aspiring to get involved in radio or podcasting as a career can try voicing a radio commercial and have the finished item emailed to them.

Being one of the main Irish tourist counties we offer National and Regional Tour Guiding, Marine and Inland Angling Guiding courses to meet industry demand.

Post Leaving Certificate courses are also of huge interest to both mature students and young people who increasingly choosing PLC as a Pre-University foundation year to sample a new vocational area before committing to a Degree. This year gaming and fashion design has been added.

Adult education courses such as VTOS and Youthreach, with their built-in career guidance, academic, personal and childcare supports are a great option for many people, especially as these are available countywide and even have a two year Leaving Certificate option for adults in North Kerry. 

Anyone with literacy issues can confidentially find out about courses in reading, writing, numeracy, English for speakers of other languages and family learning.

This year Hugh Culloty Expert has sponsored three Lenovo Tab 7 Essential Tablets as Spot Prizes for winners of the Orienteering Treasure Hunt that will be run at the event by Kerry ETB’s Cappanlea Outdoor Education & Training Centre. Keep an eye out also for social media competitions.

Those looking for information on student finance, courses, careers or supports for students will have free access to professional career guidance and information staff as well as SUSI and Intreo.

To get there Local Link Kerry are running special buses to the event. So keep an eye out on social media for bus times from South Kerry, West Kerry and Castleisland as well as event information.

And of course there are also plenty of evening and part time BTEI choices for people who want to upskill in the jobs, are considering a complete career change or just want to pursue a personal interest. In fact employers too are invited to find out about what is available to them and their staff.

This event brings together the countywide offerings of Kerry ETB from the five rural adult education centres, Further Education Colleges, the ETB Training Centre and community education courses that are run in over 100 Kerry parishes.


For Further Information Please Contact:

Sharon Browne.

(086) 7969628.                            (066) 71 93 900


Press Release : Kerry Education and Training Board launch their Education and Training Strategy 2018 - 2022

Kerry Education & Training Board (Kerry ETB) are pleased to announce Mr. Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will launch our Education and Training Strategy 2018-2022 at Kerry ETB’s Cappanalea Outdoor and Education Training Centre at 10 am on Friday the 9th March 2018. 

Kerry ETB was established on July 1st 2013 and the development of this strategy provided an opportunity to chart the strategic direction for Kerry ETB over the next five years. The ETBs services includes primary, post primary and a wide range of further education and training programmes.

The mission of Kerry ETB is to create and promote the development of a lifelong learning society in Kerry, so that all who live there have access to the education and training required to fulfil their potential and meet their personal, social, cultural, economic and civic needs.

In developing this Strategy, the methodology adopted was designed to ensure extensive internal and external consultation including, ETB board members, learners, students, managers, staff, parents, industry and key community partners and agencies.

The Strategy emphasises the role of Kerry ETB in promoting a holistic education and training experience that spans the full spectrum of life-long learning. Key to the development of the strategy was the commitment to the organisations core values of Respect, Quality, Inclusion, Equality and Learning.  The Strategy aims to promote a shared vision across all of Kerry ETB’s programmes, centres, colleges, schools and services. This shared vision will help to ensure an integrated and seamless approach to the provision of education and training opportunities across the county.

The Strategy has identified nine Strategic Goals: -

1) Nationally and Internationally recognised and Quality Assured Programmes.

2) Quality Teaching and Learning.

3) Innovative Education and Training Responses.

4) Access and Progression.

5) Develop Productive Partnerships.

6) Stakeholder Engagement.

7) Effectiveness and Accountability in Governance and Leadership.

8) Marketing, Branding and Communication.

9) Enhancing the Working and Learning Environment.

Each strategic goal has a key number of associated actions. Progress with the implementation of the strategy will be measured annually by the implementation plans. The successful implementation of the strategy will require a shared ownership across the organisation with each school, center and programme utilising the strategic objective as the key drivers for their local planning and development.

The Chairperson of Kerry ETB, Cllr. Jim Finucane in welcoming the publication of the strategy stated: “I am delighted with the publication of the Kerry ETB Strategy Statement 2018-2022. The ETB is a key provider of education and training opportunities across county Kerry and the successful implementation of this strategy will ensure the continued successful development of the organisation over the next five years. I wish to thank the Chief Executive Officer, the Directors and all involved in the development of the Strategy Statement and I look forward to its implementation”.

The Chief Executive Office of Kerry ETB, Mr. Colm Mc Evoy stated: “I am confident that the strategic goals set out in the Strategy Statement are grounded in the organisations core values of Respect, Learning, Quality, Inclusion and Equality and set out a clear strategic path for their development until 2022. Kerry ETB is a large geographically dispersed organisation with over 1,100 staff, delivering education and training programmes from our twenty eight centres to over 15,000 students/learners annually. Our annual budget is in excess of €52 million making the ETB a key contributor the local economy. I look forward to working with the Board, the Directors, School and Centre Management and all the Staff in leading the implementation of the strategy over the next five year”

Ann O’Dwyer Director of Schools, Youth and Music stated that “Kerry ETB Primary and Post Primary schools, Youth Work and Music provision look forward to implementing this strategy over the next 5 years. It is the ambition of all our schools to achieve the “highly effective school” standards of teaching and learning, school management and ICT integration as set out by the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate in the “Looking at our Schools Quality Framework for Primary and Post Primary Schools.” Kerry ETB schools are fully implementing the new Junior Cycle and will have commenced the implementation of the new Senior Cycle during the life of this strategy. We will also continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of students through the full implementation of the DES Wellbeing Programme and also the ongoing development of the Student Support Teams. It is also envisaged that we will develop 3-4 additional Community National Schools in order to provide for diversity and inclusion in the primary sector. Kerry ETB will also work with our partner Kerry County Council, schools and music bodies to establish Music Generation in Kerry over the coming years. It is our plan to support the continued development of both targeted and generic youth work programmes across the county, based on the needs identified in the recent youth work audit. Kerry ETB will support the improvement of the Irish language through our work the relevant agencies on the implementation of the various Irish Plans across the county as well as continuing to prioritise oral language acquisition on our 8 schools.   

The Kerry ETB Director of Further Education and Training, Mr Owen O Donnell stated: “Further Education and Training has gone through seismic change over the last few years with the creation of the Education and Training Boards. Kerry ETB aims to continue at the forefront of this change with the development of our Further Education and Training provision to offer the highest quality education and training opportunities possible to our learners and Industry in Kerry. The Strategic Goals outlined in the Kerry ETB 2018-2022 Strategy will act as a road map for the ongoing transformation of the Further Education and Training provision within Kerry. Kerry ETB has several projects in development for new apprenticeships and courses including the upgrading of facilities countywide. I look forward to working with our team in Kerry ETB in the implementation of this Strategic plan“ 

The Kerry ETB Director of Organisation Support & Development, Ms Maria Brennan stated:  “This Strategy Statement was developed following an extensive consultation process with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.  The nine goals which will plot our course over the next five years are the product of numerous workshops, interviews and questionnaires.  A planning and monitoring process will be put in place to evaluate the effectiveness of the Strategy and ensure realisation of our goals. I look forward to the full implementation of the strategy and ensuring the continued development of Kerry ETB as a leader in Education and Training provision in Kerry”. 


For further information, please contact Marion O Toole at or 066 7121488


Notification of Audit Completion - Wednesday 26th January 2018

Notice is hereby given that the Comptroller & Auditor General has completed his audit of the accounts of Kerry Education and Training Board for the financial year ended on 31st December, 2016 and reported to the Minister for Education and Skills thereon. A copy of the Auditor’s Report and of the Abstracts therein referred to can be obtained at this office during office hours by any person applying for same.


Mr. Colm Mc Evoy,

Chief Executive Officer,

Kerry Education and Training Board,


John Joe Sheehy Road,


Co Kerry


Kerry ETB Student Awards 



The annual Kerry ETB Student Award ceremony took place on Friday 19 January in 2018. This is a key event in the annual calendar when we Kerry ETB celebrates the achievements of students and learners from their Post Primary Schools and Youthreach centres.

Sixty-six student awards were presented at this ceremony which is a very special occasion for all of the Award Recipients, their Parents/Guardians, Families and Teachers. The Award Recipients are excellent role models for their Schools and Centres. Students received awards for academic excellence, involvement in school life, peer mentoring, Transition Year achievements and leadership.
In addition to the official award ceremony, Kerry ETB also recognised national achievements of their schools in 2017. This included Castleisland Community College’s Planet Savers and Water Explorers who both won national awards in their efforts to protect the environment in 2017. In sport Síofra O’ Shea from Coláiste na Sceilge was recognised for her achievement in Irish Basketball and Coláiste na Ríochta’s Killian O’ Gorman was acknowledged for his win in Irish Pitch and Putt, junior team 2017. Killorglin Community College’s Jack Nagle and Timothy McGrath were awarded certificates of recognition of their achievements in STEM and innovation.
Kieran Lucid, former student of Kerry ETB School Causeway Comprehensive was the guest speaker on the night. Kieran hails from Ballyheigue, County Kerry. He has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Information Systems from University College Cork. Kieran began his career in kdb+ in 2006 and progressed on to work at numerous institutions including Bank of America, Liquidnet, Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank. He set up his own data consultancy company QuantumKDB Ltd in 2011 and successfully sold it in a multimillion euro deal in 2016. As a strong advocate of technology he focused on technical sales in non-traditional industries which he recognised had a huge growth potential. From passion and positivity to leadership and ambition, Kieran perfectly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit while remaining loyal to his family and community. His main advice to the would be entrepreneurs in the audience was “Successful start-up founders are getting younger by the year as the barriers to entry continue to lower, and indeed it’s never been easier to bring an idea to life in a short time with a small team.” 
These awards also included the Best Oral Irish Junior Certificate Award as it is a priority in the Kerry ETB strategy to support and encourage the love for the Irish language. This award is sponsored by the Lucey family in memory of the late Kathleen Lucey, a former Irish teacher in Tralee Community College. This award is especially significant this year as sadly Kathleen’s husband Paul, also a former teacher in Tralee Community College, passed away this December. It was Paul who introduced this award for the first time in 2013 and Kerry ETB would like to sincerely thank the Lucey family and offer them our deepest sympathies. 
At the ceremony Colm McEvoy in congratulating all the award recipients, stated that “in Kerry ETB we are very mindful of the importance of education and we strive to ensure that we provide a holistic educational experience for our students in our schools and centers, where students can achieve their potential and where we are true to our core values of respect, quality, equality, inclusion and learning.”
Ann O’Dwyer Director of Schools highlighted the excellence in teaching and learning in Kerry ETB schools. She quoted from recent Department of Education and Skills Whole School Evaluations which highlighted the quality of teaching and learning and student care in ETB schools. She also highlighted the strong emphasis on science, technology and the arts and congratulated Colaiste na Ríochta Listowel for being the only Kerry post primary school chosen to deliver the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science Course from this September 2018.  “This is a huge achievement for Colaiste na Ríochta Listowel and through the Kerry ETB Principals and Deputy Principals Network and ICT Strategy Team we will be able to take the learning from Listowel and implement the programme in the other ETB schools in the coming years.
Ann also took the opportunity to welcome the new principal of the Killarney Two Mile Community National School, Catherine Barry to her first Kerry ETB Award ceremony. This is the first Kerry ETB State run, Multidenominational Community National School of its kind in Kerry and will service the Aghadoe and greater Killarney area and opened its doors in September 2017.  It is currently enrolling for September 2018. “We are also working with the school Board of Management to develop special awards for the pupils of this school in future Awards events” according to Ann.

Kerry ETB also thanked the event sponsor Lee Strand Cooperative Creamery Ltd. for their kind sponsorship and also Mr Oliver Murphy, President of Tralee Institute of Technology (Tralee IT) for hosting the ceremony in the IT. 


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