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National park walk is for the fairies

Transition year coordinator Kerri McCarthy with pupils working on the fairy trail

IF you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise and it’s all thanks to the enterprising and artistic students of Killarney Community College.

Transition year and art class pupils have teamed up with the Killarney Looking Good Committee to create a fabulous fairy trail along the shores of the River Deenagh and it’s an ideal addition for children who will enjoy the great outdoors during the mid-term break from school.

Students at work: The materials used for the fairy houses was kept as natural as possible

The fairy houses – each with a local heritage theme – were designed and created by the students with art teacher Michelle Mahony and transition year coordinator Kerri McCarthy.

The materials used for the fairy houses was kept as natural as possible and they included tree trunks, slate. stones, glass, copper and ceramic and they were all finished off with brightly coloured paints.

There are seven houses in total and the key features are the Deenagh Fairy, Waterfall Fairy, Castle Fairy, Coppermines Fairy, Abbey Fairy, Bricín-Dinis Fairy and the Fairy of the Forest.

The fairy houses – each with a local heritage theme – were designed and created by the students

Chairperson of the Looking Good Committee, Yvonne Quill, congratulated the students on their fantastic work pieces.

“This is the second project the students have undertaken in conjunction with the committee and we look forward to working together again in the future,” she said.

“A word of thanks as well to James Purcell who made the signs for each house. We look forward to the children of Killarney getting such joy from the trail,” Ms Quill added.

The project was supported by the Community Enhancement Programme through the Department of Rural and Community Development.

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