The sight of Zazu, a big-hearted dog with a placid personality, brings a smile to pupils and teachers alike when she pads her way down the corridor or settles down for a nap in a classroom at Fossa National School.
Zazu is a cross between a German Shepherd and a poodle and rejoices in the title, ‘Shepadoodle’. She was sourced from ‘My Canine Companion’, a Cork-based charity which, as Ireland’s largest service dogs provider, makes a life-changing difference to children and families living with autism.
Fossa NS principal John Burke said that teacher Bríd Kissane had taken charge of Zazu on his arrival last September and had a very strong connection with the dog.
Murky weather conditions last Sunday, January 9th, failed to dampen the fire of Killarney Rugby Club’s U16 girls who blazed their way across the line to qualify for the Munster League Final with a resounding victory over Bruff on a score of 26-0.
The victory put the spotlight on the growing profile of girls rugby in the Killarney club which is investing major resources in encouraging female sporting talent.
The tenure of Kerry’s Ciara Griffin as captain of the Irish Women’s rugby team up until her retirement late last year has played a significant role in progressing the involvement of girls and women’s rugby in the county.