ARTY: Pupils in Lissivigeen NS were presented with their prizes for winning the annual nature art competition on Tuesday morning. Pictured were: Garda Laura Cahill, Max O’Neill (1st Prize), Pat Kelleher (Chair of Lissivigeen Community Alert), Mike McAuliffe (Principal), Tim Corcoran, Kathleen Corcoran, Christy Lehane, Denis Russell, Corry O’Flaherty (Chair of Lough Leane Anglers), Kathleen Gleeson and Hudson Keogh (3rd prize). Photo: Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean

The great wisdom of those who have experienced life was passed down to younger generations in one Killarney school on Tuesday.

Members of Lough Leane Anglers group teamed up the Lissivigeen Community Alert and Lissvigeen National School to give prizes for their annual art competition.

This year pupils from Third to Fifth class were asked to focus on fishing and as a special treat Chair of the Lough Leane Anglers, Corry O’Flaherty, called in to speak of his life-long experience fishing in Killarney.

Mouths and eyes were opened wide as they heard stories of how 74-year-old Corry started fishing aged just five and is still fishing to this day, and the sights he has seen through the years including coming up close to a deer grazing, seeing all kinds of wildlife including the White Tailed Eagle.

Following the talk, winners were presented with their prizes by Tim and Kathleen Corcoran, parents of the late Pat Corcoran, who founded the Lissivigeen Community Alert in 1996.

First prize went to Max O’Neill from Fifth class, second prize to Sarah Byrne who is also in Fifth class, and third prize to Hudson Keogh in Third class.

“Lissivigeen Community Alert has a good rapour with the school,” Pat Kelleher told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s an annual art competition we run focusing on nature. Killarney is so beautiful and at the back of the school you have the Flesk River, which has two angling clubs, Lough Leane and Clonkeen.”

School Principal, Mike McAuliffe, said there was a high standard of entries from the children.

“Everyone put in a great effort, we were very impressed with the standard.”


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