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Kerry Education & Training Board Christmas card Art Competition 2017

Kerry Education and Training Board received over 200 Entries from their 8 Kerry ETB Schools throughout Kerry and as always the standard was very high.  However there can only be one overall winner with three runners up selected due to the impressive submissions made by Kerry ETB schools.

The winner and runner up’s were invited to Kerry ETB Head Office and were presented with their prizes by Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools.  According to Ann O’ Dwyer “Every card submitted demonstrated much artistic talent in our schools and we are very proud to display all the entries here at our offices in Centrepoint, Tralee for everyone to enjoy and admire. In this regard we want to thank every student who entered the competition as their art work has brightened up the offices during this festive time and  I invite people to come view the cards on display’.  The winning card was sponsored and printed by Kingdom Printers and will be sent out all over the country as the official Kerry ETB Christmas Card.

Kerry ETB would like to thank again all the students who took part and their Art teachers for their enthusiasm and interest. Finally and most importantly Kerry ETB would like to congratulate the winners.

Overall Winner: Caoimhe Curran, 5th Year, 2017, Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen
Art Teacher: Fiona Holly

The runners up are;

Runner up 1:
Conor Hope
6th Year
Coláiste na Ríochta
Art teacher: Marian Sugrue

Runner up 2
Emilia Girasole
Coláiste na Ríochta
5th Year
Art teacher: Marian Sugrue

Runner up 3;
Agne Arlauskaite
Castleisland Community College
1st year
Teacher: Pia Thorthon

Caoimhe received a Samsung Tablet sponsored by Hugh Culloty Expert, The Mall, Tralee with Brendan Culloty joining Ann O’ Dwyer in congratulating the winner Caoimhe and Runners up Conor, Emilia and Agne on their impressive card designs

Each runner up received a €30 One4all Gift Card.

Kerry ETB would also like to thank again Kingdom Printers and Hugh Culloty Expert who helped make the Kerry ETB Christmas Card Competition such a success this year. 


Kerry Education and Training Board to take responsibility for the construction of the new school building for Listellick National School, Tralee


Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) at its Board Meeting on Monday October 23rd 2017 approved the signing of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the delivery of a Devolved Major Project for Listellick National School, Tralee for the construction of a new 8 classroom school and ancillary accommodation. Kerry ETB was requested by the Department of Education and Skills (DoES) to take responsibility for the construction of this new National School in Tralee. Kerry ETB is a provider of Primary / Post-Primary and Adult and Further Education and Training across Co. Kerry.

The new school accommodation will include: 8 classrooms, General Purpose Room, Library, Multi-Purpose Room, Special Education Tuition Room, Office & Staff Room plus ancillary accommodation.

Speaking following the signing of the Agreement An Cathaoirleach of Kerry ETB, Cllr. Jim Finucane stated that “Kerry ETB is delighted to have been requested by the Department to take responsibility for the delivery of the building project for Listellick National School. The Education and Training Board is a statutory provider of education and training services with significant experience in the delivery of building projects and we look forward to the successful delivery of this project”.

The CEO of Kerry ETB, Mr. Colm Mc Evoy in welcoming this development said “as the local Education and Training Service for Co. Kerry, I am pleased that the Board of Kerry ETB approved the signing of the Service Level Agreement between Kerry ETB and the Department of Education and Skills for Listellick National School. This is the first occasion on which the ETB has been requested to deliver a major building project outside of its’ own Scheme. We view the Departments request as a signal of its’ confidence in Kerry ETB. We look forward to working with the Board of Management, Principal, Staff and the School Community in progressing this project to completion for December 31st 2020.

Responding to the announcement, the Principal of Listellick N.S, Ms. Annette Dineen said “Today is a great day for everyone in Listellick National School and our wider School Community. We are very excited to finally have a completion date. The Board of Management is delighted that Kerry ETB are responsible for delivering the project and we look forward to working with them.”

For further information, please contact Elaine Dreelan Jones at or 066 7121488.


Opening of the Further Education and Training Centre in Dingle

Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is delighted with the opening of its new Further Education and Training Centre in Dingle.  The Centre will be opened by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Brendan Griffin, TD on Monday 23rd October at 4.00pm.  The Centre is located in Rice House in the centre of the town and provides the ETB with a modern facility from which to deliver its Further Education and Training (FET) services for Dingle and the West Kerry peninsula.  Kerry ETB offers a very extensive FET programme with over 10,000 Learners engaged annually.  The FET programmes are from Levels 1-6 on the National Qualifications Framework and include Literacy programmes, Community Education programmes, Back to Education Initiative programmes, Adult Education programmes, Post Leaving Certificate programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

Prior to the opening of this Centre, Kerry ETB’s Literacy programme was located in an office in the old CBS School on The Mall.  This new Centre will allow for the development and expansion of programme delivery right across the full spectrum of FET in the area.  The opening of the Centre will provide both Learners and Employers with the opportunity to access these services locally.

Commenting on the opening of the Centre, Ms. Eithne Boland, Centre Manager, stated

“I am delighted with the opening of our Centre in the Rice House building, which has been refurbished over the past few months.  Some courses are up and running in the Centre already in the areas of Basic Computers, Personal Development, ESOL and Irish for Parents and a variety of courses, accredited and non-accredited, are due to commence in November in Healthcare, Office Skills, Photography, Facebook Marketing, Stained Glass & Mosaic Art, Interior Design, Storytelling, Creative Writing and Horticulture.  We look forward to working with the local Community and Employers in developing the provision to meet local needs.”

Over the years Kerry ETB has worked with the Dingle Cookery School, Fáilte Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Kerry County Council, the Department of Social Protection and many other bodies in delivering courses in Dingle.  The opening of the Centre provides a real focal point and a very visible presence for the ETB in West Kerry.

Speaking prior to the opening, Mr. Owen O’Donnell, Director of Further Education and Training at Kerry ETB said,

“We have an extensive FET programme accessible across the county, but the absence of a permanent base for the ETB in West Kerry was a need that we have been trying to address for a number of years.  Our aim is to ensure that Learners and Employers have access to our services locally.  The opening of this Centre is a very positive development for Kerry ETB and we look forward to its progression and growth in the years ahead.”

For further information, please contact Ms. Eithne Boland, Centre Manager on 066 9152361 or by email at


New President of Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)


Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is delighted with the appointment of Cllr Jim Finucane, Chairman of the Kerry ETB Board, as the new President of Education & Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) from September 21st, 2017.  Colm McEvoy, Chief Executive Officer of Kerry ETB said “This is an excellent appointment for Kerry ETB and for the ETBI as Cllr. Finucane brings a wealth of experience to the role having served as Chairman of Kerry ETB Board and, prior to that,  Kerry Education Services for many years.  ETBs are at a critical point in terms of their development and expansion and I have no doubt that Jim will prove to be an excellent President and advance local and national priorities for ETBs during his tenure and we wish him every success” .

The ETBI is the representative body for Ireland’s 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs).

ETBs operate 278 second level schools, 16 training centres, Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) colleges and over 500 education centres.  ETBs are trustees of 92 Community Colleges and also manage a growing number of multi-denominational primary level Community National Schools (CNS).  ETBs are involved in Youthreach programmes, Music, Youth Work, Back to Education initiatives, Vocational Training Opportunities (VTOS) schemes, workplace learning programmes, outdoor education and training, adult and community education and other educational programmes.  There are ETB-run centres, schools or colleges in every corner of Ireland.

Cllr Finucane has represented Kerry ETB on the Board of ETBI since it was established in 2013.  He has a keen interest in Education and Training, having worked full-time as a School Attendance Officer and as a Voluntary Youth Worker in Dublin’s North Inner City in the seventies.

Cllr Finucane was first elected to Tralee Urban Council in 1985 and has held his position on the Urban Council for fourteen years, with three terms as Chairman and more recently, a term as Mayor of Tralee.  He is the current elected representative for the Tralee Municipal Area on Kerry County Council.

Cllr Finucane states, “I am honoured to have been elected President at this very important juncture in the history of the ETBI.  While the current range of educational services delivered by ETBs across Ireland is already comprehensive, including primary level, second level and further education, as well as a wide range of adult and community services, ETBI will be working closely with our member ETBs to lead the expansion of their provision of apprenticeships and traineeships at further education level, and of Community National Schools (CNS) at primary level.  I hope that my long experience of involvement with education and training will be advantageous in bringing that agenda forward.”


Little Explorers Preschool Opens in Kerry Education and Training Board’s Two Mile Community National School

Kerry ETB are delighted to announce the opening of Little Explorers Preschool in the Two Mile Community National School, Killarney County Kerry. The Preschool officially opened its doors on Monday the 25th of September with 10 children enrolled so far.


Ann O'Dwyer Director of Schools with Kerry ETB said she is delighted that local woman Sharon O’Riordan agreed to set up and run this new private facility. Sharon is originally from Killarney and is now living locally in Ballyhar. Sharon has long had a love of working with children and completed her QQI levels 5 in Childcare in Killarney Community College and levels 6 in Kerry College of Further Education.

Sharon worked tirelessly to ensure that Little Explorers Preschool has become a reality. Sharon was initially approached by local Community representatives including Tim Horgan, Connie Daly, Lisa Casey and Sheila O'Donoghue who she is very grateful to. She began advertising the Preschool in the Summer and before long the need amongst other local parents became apparent. Kerry ETB are delighted to support this expressed requirement from the local community and it is with great excitement for the local area that the Preschool is now officially opening.

Sharon’s vision is to create an educational, stimulating and safe environment for the Children. According to Sharon ‘my aim is to provide a high quality Pre-School for each child and their families, a facility that is accessible to all sections of the community and run in partnership with the parents’

Ann O ‘Dwyer added that Kerry ETB ‘are very fortunate that a local Childcare Provider Sharon O’Riordan is opening the Preschool on site alongside the Two Mile Community National School. This will really complement the overall school programme and give the young children an invaluable introduction to School life’

Catherine Barry the Principal of the Two Mile Community National School stated “we at the Two Mile Community National School are delighted to be associated with Little Explorers Pre-School. This is a wonderful opportunity for children of pre-school age in the locality to experience the transition from home to school environment. I wish Sharon and all her explorers great success’.

Parents, Community Representatives, members of Kerry ETB Board and Staff joined Sharon and the children at an opening ceremony on Friday the 22nd at 1:30pm.  Sharon welcomed the gathering with well wishes for the Preschools future and for the futures of the little Pupils being the theme of the day. Sharon took the opportunity to thank all those who had helped make this venture a reality including all the local Two Mile community representatives, Catherine Barry Principal, Kerry County Childcare, Kerry ETB, Ann O'Dwyer Director of Schools, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Minister Brendan Griffin TD, Donna Griffin from Creative Kids and family and friends for the endless support.

The preschool is still accepting enrolment. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Sharon O'Riordan on 086 0594897

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