Great fanfare as Class of 2023 graduates in style

Enjoying the balloons and the sunshine on graduation day at Killarney Community College were, from left, Milena Chamera, Rachel Griffin, Ryan Bartlett, Jennifer Lyne and Emilija Meiliute. Pictures: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

A former member of staff at Killarney Community College, who passed away in April 2019, is to be remembered through a bursary presented to the school in her name by her family.

Bursary: The late Carmella Sheehy

Carmella Sheehy, from Aghadoe, Killarney, was the dedicated and hugely popular career guidance teacher at the school and she had built up a great rapport with students and staff over many years.

There were quite a few standout moment as the Class of 23 graduated from Killarney Community College this week but the dedication in memory of the much-loved Carmella was certainly the highlight.

The bursary award was presented by her husband, Eddie Sheehy and daughter Triona, and it is described as a testament to the spirit of generosity and perseverance for which Carmella was renowned.

Family matters: Keelyn O’Leary and her uncle Jack O’Connell who both graduated from Killarney Community College on the same day.

The inaugural bursary was presented to Chris Healy who hopes to pursue a nursing degree in MTU or UCC.

The graduation ceremony, attended by proud family and friends of the students, marked the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by the Leaving Certificate Class of 2023.

The ceremony was infused with laughter and humour thanks to a hilarious sketch by talented comedian Bernard Casey who created it specially for the graduates and it brought a smile to every face.

The Killarney Community College Class of 2023 pictured with with principal Stella Loughnane (left)

Principal Stella Loughnane expressed her immense pride in the graduating class, highlighting their resilience and adaptability in the face of numerous challenges.

“Our students have shown remarkable dedication and perseverance and they leave Killarney Community College equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the world,” she said.

The graduation ceremony also included inspiring speeches from students Keira McCarthy and Ethan Brennan who summarised their time and experience in Killarney Community College.

Several Leaving Certificate students, including Stevie Murphy, Leah McDonnell, Rachel Griffin, Kamil Baran and Grace Myers, gave musical performances to ensure an even more memorable experience for all attendees.

It was a very special day for one family as uncle and niece Keelyn O’Leary and Jack O’Connell both graduated. Be wise and advertise where it’s seen. Email: or Call 087-2229761