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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


First Kerry Community National School opens its doors at Two Mile, Killarney

Kerry ETB was delighted to open the doors of the Two Mile Community National School on Wednesday 30th August which will be the first primary school of its kind in Kerry. Similar schools have been set up in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Cork over the last 10 years. As well as serving the families of Two Mile, the new school has attracted children from the wider Killarney area who are looking for a progressive model of education, rooted in the best of tradition. As well as its unique multidenominational ethos, having Kerry ETB as its patron is significant in what this school has to offer. Kerry ETB is a locally based state agency and is already the patron of 8 post primary schools and two Post Leaving Certificate Colleges in Kerry. The ETB provides key administrative, IT, HR and many other supports to its schools. This ensures that the staff of the school are not tied up with administrative issues are free to focus on excellence in teaching and learning.

School staff, parents, community representatives, members of Kerry ETB Board and staff joined the new school pupils of the Two Mile for an opening ceremony at 12 p.m. Brendan Griffin T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport addressed the event. Minister Griffin stated:  "I am delighted that this day has come, after many months of hard work by the local community, Kerry ETB and the Bishop of Kerry. This fine school will serve the needs of the local and wider community and I want to pay tribute to everybody involved in this effort and it is great to have such a positive outcome. I wish the school community well in their endeavours and I sincerely hope that the Two Mile School has a long and prosperous future."

The school principal Catherine Barry and the Single Manager Retired Primary School Inspector Pádraig O’Donnabhain welcomed the gathering and pupils, parents, community and ETB representatives joined in the ceremony to express their vision and wish for the future of the school and its pupils.

Colm McEvoy Kerry ETB expressed his gratitude for all who made this new school possible;  “Kerry ETB are hugely supportive of this new school  and have worked very hard since the Department of Education and Skills approved its opening last June. I would like to thank in particular the Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne and Fr Nicholas Flynn Diocesan Administrator for making the school building available to the ETB, we also wish to express our deepest gratitude to the Department of Education and Skills for their support and confidence in Kerry ETB. The Two Mile Action Group deserve a huge thanks for initiating community meetings and the initial local consultation. Over the summer months they have promoted the school on a daily basis to make sure the people of Killarney are aware of it. I wish to thanks Catherine Barry having been appointed principal on the 6th August has worked day and night to make sure all the arrangements are made for the opening of the school and Pádraig O’Donnabhain Single Manager for preparing the school plan; policies and procedures as well as his role in organising the opening event. The Kerry ETB Corporate Support and Capital Department have worked hard to get the building renovated in the last month together with builder JF Flynn Construction LTD.  We are very fortunate also that a local Childcare Provider Sharon O’Riordan is finalising arrangements to open a preschool on site which will really complement the school programme. Finally, I wish to thank parents here today for entrusting your pupils to us. We will work hard to earn your confidence and support and we look forward with enthusiasm to working with you in the future. A special word of thanks to the Director of Schools, Ann O’Dwyer who has led out in this development for Kerry Education and Training Board.

Two Mile Community National School is the first multidenominational school in Killarney.

 “A distinguishing feature of the CNS model is its multidenominational ethos. The school will cater for children of all faiths and beliefs equally. Parents of children in existing CNS schools appreciate that these schools make space for the spiritual part of a child’s identity while respecting all faiths and secular beliefs equally.  The model celebrates religious diversity in a meaningful way.  Speaking to parents in the Killarney area, it is obvious that they want the choice of this type of educational setting for their children.” Ann O’Dwyer Director of Schools Kerry ETB




The school is still accepting enrolments from Junior Infants- 6th Class. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Kerry ETB directly on 066 7121488 086 4183558 or by emailing

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