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YOUR WEEKLY LOCAL NEWS Liebherr workers on strike on Wednesday. Pictured were: Mike Fleming, TJ McCarthy and David Breen with colleagues. Photo: Michelle Crean

Further strike threats at Liebherr | By Sean Moriarty

Industrial action at the Liebherr Container Crane factory in Fossa could escalate as SIPTU members have confirmed this week that they are planning one-hour rolling stoppages later this month. On Wednesday, approximately 50 electrical workers of the Connect Trade Union took part in a day-long strike from 6.30am to 8pm. However, the situation could worsen as members of SIPTU, the union that represents about 300 members

of the 800-strong work force, voted last month, to stage further one-hour walk-outs on March 25, from 7.30am to 11.30pm. It is understood SIPTU members did not pass Wednesday’s picket in support of their colleagues.

Workers, who are currently on a threeday week, are rowing with factory management over sick pay arrangements. They say, as a result of the three-day week, they have lost access to sick pay. The previous sick pay arrangement, they say, was replaced by a new scheme without consultation with the workers. Talks are on-going at the factory since the majority of the workforce were put on the reduced hours late last year but trade union bosses at Connect say these nego-

“It’s the worst it’s ever been”

Locals say noise levels from nearby road are unbearable | By Michelle Crean Fed up residents in one Killarney estate say that continuous noise levels 24 hours a day from passing trucks and cars are making their lives a misery. Locals in Whitebridge Manor beside the N22 which is just outside their front doors, say the nearby road has become so busy day and night that it’s now hard to get a good night’s sleep. At their wits end, they’re now calling on the Council to install a sound barrier and to resurface the road which they say is so worn down it’s making the sounds louder. The issue was brought before the Council at a recent meeting in Killarney by Cllr

NOISE POLLUTION: Residents in Whitebridge Manor say they are tormented with the noise of vehicles near their homes. Photo: Michelle Crean

Maura Healy-Rae. She asked the Council and the TII what progress has been made for a much needed sound barrier to ease residents daily torment and the provision of a crash barrier to ensure residents’ safety, saying that she had a previous notice of motion

over a year ago. Local man Denis Murphy, who has lived in the estate for the last 35 years, says the situation is now the worst it has ever been. He explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week how he remembers the old

tiations cannot continue until the sick pay row is solved. “Liebherr Container Cranes has unilaterally altered our members Terms and Conditions of Employment,” Mark Doybbn, Connect Trade Union Regional Secretary said. “There is a collective agreement in place with a framework set out should either side seek changes to the Terms and Conditions of Employment. “This timeframe has not been adhered to by Liebherr Container Cranes and they have moved to make changes without consultation or agreement.” Connect Trade Union and its members employed in Liebherr Container Cranes have over the past 12 months been involved in assisting Liebherr Container Cranes to try and reduce its cost base in order to make them more competitive in the market place, he added. The Board of Managing Directors of Liebherr Container Cranes, said in a statement issued to the Killarney Advertiser, that the company’s priority was to protect its future against this rising global competition. “Liebherr is disappointed with the strike action which has taken place and remains open to discussion with unions on how to address the increased competition that the company faces,’ the statement read. “Management must at all times honour the existing agreements on how discussion and agreements with both unions take place. Liebherr management is on standby to engage with unions and it is important and urgent that this takes place as soon as possible.” road being a lot quieter and that the noise has worsened significantly in recent years - as the tar on the road has become so worn down from the constant vehicles. “I’m fully convinced that if they resurface the road it’ll make an awful lot of difference,” Denis said. “I’m here 35 years and when I moved here first it was the old road. I can’t recall it ever being tarred since. The stones up on the main road – that’s certainly making the noise worse especially as the traffic has got busier. All the houses facing the road have put in double glazing windows – we’ve had to put them in because of the noise. We’re fed up. The traffic is constant – it’s going all the time. If I wake up at 6am it’s busy. The passing trucks are massive and they’re all going early in the morning.” Kerry County Council said that Noise Assessments will be carried out this year at a number of locations, including along the N22 at Whitebridge.







SUCCESS: Killarney International Hostel has won the Best of Killarney award at the 2019 Experts’ Choice Awards: Pictured were: Sinead O'Connell, Fiona Curnow, Paul Huggett, John Claffey (Manager) and JC Brosnan. Photo: Michelle Crean

Killarney's An Óige hostel wins Experts Choice Award Killarney International Hostel was a big winner at the recent 2019 Experts’ Choice Awards after walking away with the Best of Killarney award. Now in its fourth year, the Experts’ Choice Awards is much sought after in the travel industry as awards are based on professional expert reviews. Fewer than two percent of hotels and hostels worldwide receive a prestigious Experts Choice award. The hostel is owned and operated by An

Óige – Irish Youth Hostel Association and this week Manager John Claffrey, who has run the business for the past 27 years, said they are thrilled with the news. “It’s always great to get nominated for an award but to win one is even that bit more special,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“What makes these awards even more special is that they’re based on the reviews of industry experts so they obviously found our hostel to be of top quality and a great experience which is exactly what we always want to hear.” The hostel itself is housed in an 18th century mansion and set of 75 acres of gardens and forest overlooking the mountains and Killarney National Park. It is considered one of An Óige’s most environmentally friendly hostels as almost all

waste produced by the hostel is recycled or composted. The hostel, located just off the Fossa road, opened in 1959, with an ethos of bringing groups, including disadvantaged children from urban areas to the countryside for a break, John explained. “We open eight months of the year and cater for 137 in the high season. We cater for groups only during the low season for four months.” It isn’t the first time that the hostel has received acclaim as it was previously shortlisted in the Top 5 ‘Favourite Irish Hostels’ as voted for by the readers of TNT Magazine in 2012. He added a huge thanks to everyone involved in running the business including the dedicated staff. “It’s nice to be recognised and we thank everyone involved.”

Jury returns verdict of accidental death | By Anne Lucey

A garda expert has criticised road signage as well as the 100km per hour speed limit at a pedestrian crossing on the N22 where a student was killed while walking towards her mother’s car at Glenflesk village, Killarney on December 1, 2017. The Cork to Killarney bus stops in the village the inquest into the death of UCC student Denise Crowley (26) of Gortarrig, Headford, Killarney was told. The evening was dark and foggy and Ms Crowley, a computer science student, had gotten off the bus, waited for some moments by a wall, made phone calls, then put away her phone, pulled up her hood and fixed her bag on her back and began to cross the road to the church. She was three-quarters across when struck from the right by a car at around 7.15pm. Clear and good quality CCTV had cap-

tured much of the incident. Garda Public Service Vehicle (PSV) inspector and forensics examiner, Garda James O’Brien said it was “incomprehensible” to him that a pedestrian crossing designed for “wheelchair users, children and the visually impaired” was governed by a 100km per hour speed limit. A metal road sign comprising of a pole and blue disc at torso height, in place to guide motorists away from the footpath at the location had obscured views of the road, the garda also found. The pedestrian was obscured from the car by the sign and the car was obscured from the pe-

destrian by the same sign. CCTV showed Ms Crowley looking to her left, the Killarney side, as she crossed the road but it did not appear she looked to her right. The driver, Gerard Hourigan, was travelling between 51km and 60km an hour and did not have enough time to take avoidance action, Garda O’Brien said. In her deposition, read by Garda Supt Flor Murphy, Grace Crowley, who was visibly upset in the stand, told how she had gone by bus from Glenflesk to Cork that morning to visit her husband Denis at CUH and returned to Killarney by bus. Denise had an assignment to hand in at UCC and took a later bus home. Ms Crowley met her sister Mary in Killarney and did some shopping. As they made their way to Glenflesk Church to collect her car, they noticed something black on the road. “I said out loud, “that could be my daughter”, she said. She rang her daughter’s

phone and a man answered and said there had been an accident. Glenflesk was “the regular spot for students to get off and on the bus,” she said, and Denise was home every weekend. Alan Hourigan, a front seat passenger in the car driven by his father Gerard, told of their shock and of how he got out and checked for Denise's pulse. Hearing Grace Crowley at the scene saying “Denise come back to me” was one of the most difficult things for him, Alan Hourigan said. The report from Dr Margot Bolster, pathologist, found death would have been very rapid. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death as a result of a road traffic accident. Coroner, Aisling Quilter, said she was recommending a lower speed limit. At the end of the inquest the solicitor for Gerard Hourigan conveyed his condolences to the Crowley family.



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Killarney mother plans to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day | By Sean Moriarty Next Thursday World Down Syndrome Day takes place across the globe - and one Killarney woman plans to take part to raise awareness and funds.

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Simone Leahy, whose 20 month-old daughter Emilie has Down Syndrome, is planning a coffee morning in the Cahernane House Hotel next Thursday, March 21, from 10am to 12.30pm. She said both she and her sister-in-law Nicola Browne want to raise awareness of World Down Syndrome Day, and to raise funds towards the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. “It’s a world celebration of every person with Down Syndrome and their families,” Simone told the Killarney Advertiser this week. “The date is special as it is the 21st day of the third month - which signifies the three copies of the 21st chromosome which leads to Down Syndrome.” The events worldwide help to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome, Simone, who is married to

Noel Leahy, added. “With Emilie you go into a whole new world but you’re not excluded. It’s only been a short journey, but it’s been a wonderful one. We’ve made new friendships with people.” Simone said the Kerry services, which are run through a centre in Tralee are amazingly supportive - but they receive no Government funding of any kind. She’s hoping that the coffee morning will raise funds adding that she has seen Emilie come on so much since using the service. “There’s 235 members in Kerry. It relies completely on donations. Emilie receives subsidised physio and speech and language therapy and is learning to stand up on her own. One of the big rollouts is Lámh, which is modified sign language while speech is delayed and we get training in that. She’ll benefit from the centre for years to come.” To get World Down Syndrome Day trending on the day make sure to join in the ‘lots of socks’ campaign by taking pictures and videos and posting them on social media using the hashtags #LotsOfSocks, #WorldDownSyndromeDay and #WDSD19.

Killarney’s own talented singer/songwriter Cathal Flaherty is the only Irish person to make it to the final of the International Song Writing Competition – beating off almost 19,000 entries. The 25 year-old, who is known throughout the town for his musical talents, has had his song ‘A Thousand Miles’ whittled down to the final 14. However, it’ll be next month before Cathal knows if he has won the €25,000 prize and a chance to record an EP in Nashville, the music capital of America. And he’s also elated this week as his catchy tune has been receiving national air time thanks to RTE 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott. It’s also getting some time on the air waves on Radio Kerry, where Cathal works, as well as RTE Radio 1 Today FM and Spin South West and others. The song was recorded in 2017 at a studio in Faha owned by Brendan O’Connor from Truly Diverse, Cathal explained. “I forgot I entered it until I saw an email in my spam folder,” Cathal told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I’m surprised I got this far but I knew it would do well. Celebrity judges in this year’s competition include The Script, Tom Waits, Adam Lambert and Bastille who won the competition a few years ago.” Cathal, who released an EP in May last year in the Acoustic Club in the INEC, saw it reach huge success as it went to number two in the Irish iTunes pop charts and number five in the overall iTunes album charts. He has also supported Tears for Fears, Little Hours and Mikey Joe Harte. And apart from the overall prize, Cathal also has a chance to win other prizes in the competition. You can vote once a day for the 'Peoples Voice' award for the International Songwriting Competition. Just click to vote for Cathal.

Simone and Emilie Leahy pictured launching a coffee morning for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. Photo: Michelle Crean







Local school leading the way in digital technologies for teaching and learning Local school children are becoming logical thinkers and problem solvers at a much younger age thanks to the introduction of a new after schools programme. Holy Cross Mercy Primary School hosts an afterschool STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) club for Senior Infant pupils where children are introduced to science experiments including making slime and building electrical circuits and engineering by designing and building various structures such as bridges and houses using maths. Principal of Holy Cross, Ursula Coffey, welcomed the announcement of funding for all schools for the purchase of key technologies including iPads, smart displays and airplay devices for the school. “It will allow us to build on and expand the amazing work being done in our school in the area of digital technologies for teaching and learning,” she said. Holy Cross is a school of Digital Distinction with Technology and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) playing a central role in learning

throughout all classes in the school, she added. “All classes have access to iPads with over 100 devices in the school. Parents and teachers communicate through their child’s Digital Learning Journal Seesaw and are updated daily with

snapshots of their child’s learning. Children from Junior Infants right through to Sixth class learn 21st century tech skills within their classrooms with every child having access to iPads daily. The students will also work together on different aspects of coding including Scratch and Beebots to enable them to become logical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborative learners and to foster and encourage creativity.” The Holy Cross Mercy also has a STEM

Pupils from Holy Cross Mercy Primary School are enjoying a new STEM club in their school. Pictured at the front were: Seán Looney, Amelia Spillane, Caelan Prendergast and Sadhbh Collins from senior infants with their classmates. Photo: Michelle Crean

Killarney plans to turn green for St Patrick’s Day Many of the town’s famous landmarks will be turning green this St Patrick’s Day - including Killarney courthouse for the first time. An exciting weekend of activities is planned in the community as the St Patrick’s Day committee have been beavering hard behind the scenes to make it one to remember. A family fun zone will take over the

Club for the older classes and the new funding will provide resources for the club. “The students will learn skills such as animation, coding, robotics and engineering with LEGO.” Further information is available on their website www.mercyholycross. ie or their Facebook page. If you are interested in school enrolment for September 2019 please contact the school office on 064 663141.

New Street car park from today (Friday), tomorrow (Saturday), St Patrick’s Day on Sunday and Monday, with bouncy castles, face painting, kiddies disco and much more. The highlight of the weekend however

will be the parade which will assemble on Mission Road. Then it will begin at 2pm up Mission Road towards the Plaza, around Kenmare Place, East Avenue Road, Fair Hill, College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street, New Street, Beech Road, into Beech Road car park. On the day there will also be pre-parade entertainment on Main Street with Padraig Buckley and Killarney School of Music and kids can meet the Disney characters around town. Circus workshops and Brickx Club are also available at Beech Road Lower car park. “The festival is shaping up to be a huge community event culminating in a celebration of Killarney, the circus - ‘The Greatest Show’,” Chairperson Paul Sherry said. “The committee are delighted that two travelling bands are registered. One marching group from our twinned town Pleinfeld will be joining the festivities and another from Ochsenhausen in Germany. This group will consist of

40 participants and some members of the group are employees of Liebherr in Germany.” He said that they are delighted with the level of interest and interaction with a host of community groups and sporting groups. “We would encourage everyone to get out early on the day of the parade and join in what will be a spectacle for the whole family.” In consultation with the County Council and the Gardai the committee have drawn up a full safety strategy and traffic management plan for the parade. The committee advise that the parade floats and vehicles have to arrive at Mission Road from Port Road and Cathedral Place side. Traffic will not be allowed to travel down Mission Road towards the cathedral. Post-parade collection point for children is the Beech Road car park Lower at the bottle bank area. The organisers have requested that all parents and children enter the fun zone collection point area as quickly as possible from parade for safety when they reach the route end. Extra free parking facilities have been included at Penney’s car park, Hilliard House, St Brendan’s College Secondary School and The Community College, New Road.



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Columnist ANNE LUCEY gives her take on happenings in Killarney, Kerry and beyond

The old high standards associated with Aer Lingus are barely hanging on Air travel is much in the news and Aer Lingus, the Shamrock carrier, has recently got a new look. The old green back has gone white and the green is confined to a lighter shade of shamrock - mainly at the teal coloured tail end. But is it just the shamrock associated with St Patrick that is diluted? We are coming up to Paddy’s Day and I question how much Aer Lingus reflects the best of the national character anymore. Should the now British-owned airline be allowed trade at all on the respected shamrock? The doubts in my mind are sown not just in the mealy-mouthed language of the new branding - the shamrock is still “the hero of Aer Lingus", we were told . But the doubt too is also firmly rooted in the discourteous and rough treatment meted out to passengers whose flights have been cancelled by Aer Lingus in recent times. I had the experience myself at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on Monday when the early afternoon flight to Cork was delayed and then cancelled altogether. The news was relayed by badly composed text messages in poor English. The delay was “reactionary to earlier weather” was the first message. Passengers were already waiting at the boarding gate at the Aer Lingus terminal in the Paris airport Terminal 1, at the end of a very long walk.

The sole black-suited ground handling staff member was of no help and ran for cover. The Aer Lingus website went down and the phone helplines were not picking up. Those of us who had managed to book the later Dublin flight were forced back out to haul luggage through the exit and then come back again through check in and security, ending up on exactly the same lounge. A long, unnecessary haul, partly because the Aer Lingus check-in online was out of action. There was simply no one to help. My

daughter who managed to get through to a Dublin voice from her base in the south of France got very rude and offhand treatment. Twitter lit up with the topic. The fun does not stop there. This was only the first cancellation. The Dublin flight was delayed and by the time we got into the capital, the Kerry leg was cancelled too. There was no proper handling by Aer Lingus at either Charles de Gaulle or in Dublin and conflicting and contradictory statements from Aer Lingus about the reasons for the Paris cancellation. While the text to passengers indicated weather as the cause, a press statement insisted it was due to a technical fault! I got no reason for Kerry - but assume it was weather. There was nobody, simply nobody, as-

While scoffing at the Brits we have been outsmarted Now Brexit is on our doorstep - I still wonder if we have been right about our hard line position on the soft border. I voiced my concern some months ago in this column, saying with Boris Johnson we are too much wagged by the tail that is the dysfunctional society that is Northern Ireland. With the announcement by the British Government on Wednesday of how they will work the tariffs - none on goods across the land border but tariffs on everything sold from the South into the UK, the beef

and dairy industry looks set to collapse overnight. The British have moved cleverly and strategically and the provisions may actually provide and injection for the North. But for the South the tariffs will be a disaster. Share prices are bound to fall, at least for a while, in food industries, and one wonders about Kerry Group and other valuable shares, however global. Ditto the price of land here, whatever about housing. The ports in the North will surely benefit, and traffic in our ports

will drop. Surely processing plants will move from the South to the North too to get around tariffs. Food is perishable - remember how quickly the sugar factory was disbanded in Mallow? Our head has been in the sand in adopting the position of simply standing up for the North, once again, and being inflexible. While scoffing at the Brits, we have been outsmarted. Hard-line Sinn Fein, disgracefully, stuck in their outworn rhetoric, have refused to take their seats in Westminster. Their

signed by Aer Lingus to deal with the Cork passengers either in Paris or in Dublin. No green human face at all. Now the point of all of this is, I along with others, have always expected Aer Lingus standard of care to be higher than Ryanair. But that is only true now of the older cabin crew. Down the airline steps, the old high standards associated with Aer Lingus are barely hanging on - like the shamrock itself. Next day, the responses I got from Aer Lingus were so badly written in such ungrammatical English I had to write back and seek explanations. The main message seemed to be there would be no compensation. In January, Aer Lingus said the new brand has positioned the airline for the modern era. My question is, by “modern” does the airline mean less human? Aer Lingus is not State owned. And when Brexit happens, British-owned Aer Lingus will not even be European. The shamrock is still “the hero of Aer Lingus,” according to the company. This makes no sense and the message it is trying to convey, rather badly, of solid Irish values of human warmth and understanding, is not being upheld by them. The company should be challenged on the continued use of the shamrock. It is high time this State stands up for its symbols - and maybe strips Aer Lingus of its shamrock. A mon avis. presence could have made a lot of difference. Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have slipped. They have been outplayed. Leo and Simon and Michéal could and should have anticipated the “bombshell” provisions announced by the UK this week. They appear not to have paid enough attention to the Brits - incomprehensible in the case of Simon Coveney, especially, given his previous office in Agriculture. In 1969, the trouble in the North led to the collapse of the tourist industry here. Let’s hope this important 26 county industry has not been sacrificed for the sake of the six - yet again. The North is not ours. It belongs to a different country and we would have been wise to acknowledge the British ownership of that part of the current climate.












Sr Pauline left a lovely lasting legacy in Killarney The last surviving member of the McShain family, who gifted Killarney House and Innisfallen Island to the Irish State, has died. | By Sean Moriarty Sr Pauline McShain, aged 91, the only child of John and Mary McShain, died last week in Philadelphia, bringing to an end the direct link between the McShain family and the American city. This week, Kerry County Council opened a Book of Condolences in the reception area of the Killarney Municipal District Offices as a mark of respect. John McShain was one of America’s prolific builders, active in one of the few growth areas during the Great Depression of the 1930s - government contracts. Having earned the respect of President Roosevelt, Mr McShain won contracts

to build the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, the Jefferson Memorial, the Longfel-

low Building, the Naval Hospital and, in 1941 the Pentagon. Under President Truman he was awarded the contract for the reconstruction of the White House 1949-1952. Soon after John McShain purchased this estate in 1959, he arranged with

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15.03.2019 the Irish government that, following his own death and that of his wife, Killarney House would become the property of the Irish State. Accepting this gift, the Irish officials agreed to preserve Killarney House and Gardens and was incorporated into the Killarney National Park. John McShain died in 1989; the death of his wife Mary occurred in 1998. It is the end of an era for the McShain family both in the USA and in Killarney,” Margaret O’Regan of the National Parks and Wildlife Services said. “The Irish people, and especially the people of the town of Killarney, are indebted to John, Mary and Sr Pauline McShain for the wonderful ‘gift’ of Killarney House and Gardens, Ross Castle, Innisfallen Island the Middle and Lower Lakes of Killarney. [It is] their legacy for generations to come to enjoy.” Sr Pauline kept regular updates on the restoration of Killarney House and Gardens, a place where she and her parents always referred to as their ‘Irish Home’. Up to the time of her passing she still kept in touch with Killarney and sent a lovely letter on the opening of the new Interpretative Exhibition last September.

Rosalyn Joy Few and Normand Larose.

Waterville man John Mulhern was this week announced as the new General Manager at Kerry Airport. Mr Mulhern, who previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer with responsibilities for Business Development at Mater Private Hospital Cork, takes over from Peter Moore. Mr Mulhern was announced as the new manager at a special gathering of elected, business, civic and community representatives at Kerry Airport on Tuesday morning. “I’ve landed in Kerry Airport at a very exciting and positive time for the airport which plays such a key role as a gateway to Kerry,” he said. “Passen-

ger numbers were up nine percent in 2018, a newly refurbished Fire Station is currently under construction, the Gateway Bar and Restaurant have been refurbished and the magnificent new-look pre-boarding area in the departures lounge has led to an improved and more pleasant travel experience for outbound passengers. I’m looking forward to working with the Board to ensure that Kerry Airport remains a major gateway between Kerry and global commercial and tourism markets for many years to come,” he added.

Tragic American died of blunt force trauma | By Anne Lucey The inquest into the death Rosalyn Joy Few, one of two people killed at the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney while on a pony and trap trip during an Easter family holiday opened at the coroner's court in Killarney yesterday (Thursday).

John Mulhern, the new Kerry Airport General Manager welcomes Babcock's decision to locate a base in Farranfore. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Coroner for south and east Kerry, Aisling Quilter, said a post mortem had found that Ms Few, of Phoenix, Arizona had died at the Gap of Dunloe on April 9, 2018, of blunt force trauma due to a fall on rocks from a pony and trap, causing

traumatic brain injury. The coroner said she was adjourning the inquest. Meanwhile, Ms Few's partner Normand Larose (62), originally from Canada and living in Phoenix, Arizona, was also killed. Last August, the inquest into the death of Mr Larose opened in Killarney for the purposes of issuing a death certificate. Death was the result of blunt force trauma with severe brain injury due to a fall onto rocks from a pony and trap on April 9, 2018, the inquest heard. It too was adjourned. The couple were on an Easter family holiday with Ms Joy’s daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren travelling in a separate trap.







Athletes competing in the Hardman Ireland 10Km run, as part of the Killarney Mountain Festival weekend of activities in Killarney National Park. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Organisers on a high after successful Mountain Festival Organisers of this year’s Killarney Mountain Festival have hailed the weekend’s events a huge success. Now in its second year, the Killarney Mountain Festival, which focuses on adventure and mountaineering, attracted visitors from all over Ireland and the UK. The festival was opened on Friday night by Minister Brendan Griffin in the Café Du Parc, the event’s headquarters for the weekend.

“The endless hours and months of hard work really paid off and the event was an even bigger success than last year’s,” event chairperson Maureen Hegarty said. “Basecamp, was a hive of activity, from food vendors, family fun all day, climbing wall, bouncy castles and fairground rides, to inspirational talks by adventurers from

near and far. Throughout the weekend, we were treated to life changing stories and lots of fun. Saturday night saw the return of Super Ceili and The Constituents, all the way from Arlington, Virginia.” 200 runners took part in the 10k run on Sunday, which was organised by Hardman events. A children’s adventure event on Saturday morning hosted over 80 youngsters and they also enjoyed a weekend of arts, crafts, treasure hunts and virtual walks of

Carrantuohill. Killarney Mountain Festival is inspired by a similar event in Kendal, Cumbria, one of Killarney’s twin towns, she added. “We visited Kendal Mountain Festival in November and we were thrilled to see that some of the visitors to Kendal also made their way here to Killarney. This is what it is all about. Killarney is twinned with Kendal and this started as a twinning initiative. It was lovely to see a fine representation of guests from Kendal in the audiences over the weekend. “It is now time to take a breath, before the planning starts all over for 2020. We have a small but very hardworking committee and we could not run the festival without their help and support, as well as the help and support of all our sponsors and patrons.”

Fishing competition planned in Killarney The Lough Lein Anglers Association, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, will host its 32nd annual charity open fly fishing competition on April 28. The event, known as ‘The Charity’ will take place on Lough Lein, from Ross Castle in Killarney National Park with funds this year going to the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dún Laoghaire Co Dublin. Since its inception in 1987, the Lough Lein Anglers Association and its supporters have raised over €229,000 in Kerry and Cork. Chairman of ‘The Charity’ organising committee, Timo O’Sullivan, is an avid angler, volunteer with many organisations in Kerry, and a wonderful advocate for wheelchair accessibility. It is 35 years since an accident at work resulted in Timo sustaining life changing injuries and

leaving him wheelchair bound. “The treatment and the expert care and lifelong friendship I received from staff at the NRH, has enabled me to carry out every aspect of daily life to the fullest extent,” he said. “35 years on, and I am involved in many volunteer organisations in Killarney, beekeeping is my new passion,” Timo, who spent six months in the expert care of the NRH following his accident in 1984, said. Building has commenced on a new state of the sports arena, rehabilitation facilities and 120 patient bedrooms, with the project expected to be completed by 2020. “Our association has, following discussions with the NRH Foundation, agreed to expand the fundraising efforts of this year's charity. Our aim is to raise €58,000 which is the cost of equipping 26 of the 120 bedrooms. As well as ‘The Charity’ the NRH has been chosen as a

Launching ‘The Charity’ Lough Lein Anglers Association, Killarney annual charity event at Reen Pier, Ross Castle, Killarney were: Timo O’Sullivan (Chairman), Ian O’Connell and organising members, Phil Horan and Padraig Coughlan. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

beneficiary of this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. We are delighted to receive this news, and to have Ian O’Connell, the inspirational Killarney teenager, who sustained serious injuries in a cycle accident two years ago with us for this year’s launch at Reen Pier, together with organising members Phil Horan and Padraig Coughlan. The charity is indebted for

the kind support and sponsorship of Lee Strand who come up trumps for us every year.” The competition is open to members of angling clubs or associations which are TAFI or FISSTA associated. For further information about the event or donating to ‘The Charity’ contact Timo 087 9364886 or




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And Main organiser Lauren O’Sullivan is inviting everyone to come along. “There will be tea, coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and some sweet treats available on the day!” she told the Killarney Advertiser this week. “We will also have face painting to entertain the kids and a raffle for adults with some amazing prizes to be won.” The fundraiser is a part of the larger Boots Ireland partnership with the Irish Cancer Society, which is now in its seventh year. “This year the Killarney store hopes to raise €3,000 for this amazing charity, which helps so many families throughout Ireland,” Lauren said. “Boots Killarney organise a number of

fundraising events throughout the year for the Irish Cancer Society, including quiz nights, spinathons, bake sales and of course the Boots Night Walk for Night Nurses.” Boots Ireland has raised over €1.3 million nationally for the charity over the last number of years. The funds raised support the Night Nursing service, which provides care and support to cancer patients at home. The partnership between Boots and the ICS has seen amazing success, as the retailer aims to increase awareness, promote prevention and support people living with cancer all over Ireland. To date, Boots Ireland has trained over 100 cancer beauty advisors and over 150 Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists.




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Local chefs learn from Ireland’s best Commis chefs from several top Kerry hotels were given the chance to work with some of Ireland’s best chefs in The Gleneagle earlier this week.

Brehon Head Chef, Chad Byrne (centre) with eight of the commis chefs who took part in the 'Table of Ireland' event at the Irish Hotels Federation Conference last week. Photo: Sally MacMonagle

Five of Ireland’s best chefs joined forces to cook with and mentor 10 junior chefs at the Irish Hotels Federation Conference at a very special banquet called the ‘Table of Ireland’. Head Chef of The Brehon, Chad Byrne, brought the event together and MC’ed the evening. The five senior chefs were ‘More Than Fed’ founder Jonny Davison, Castle Leslie’s Philip Brazil, the Aviva Stadium’s James Smith, Cacao Barry Ambassador Erik Van Der Veken, and James Coffey from The Park Hotel Kenmare. The commis chefs were Patrick Lihl from The Killarney Park Hotel, Csongor Szondi from The Rose Hotel, Andre Butca from The Cahernane House Hotel, Adam Ka-

nia from The Ross Hotel, Abrahma Nur and Dan Moynihan from The Brehon, James O’Sullivan from O’Donoghue Ring Hotels, Andrzej Walkosz-Berda from The Gleneagle Hotel, Jason Nolan from The Aghadoe Heights and Lisa Fleming from The International Hotel. “One of the best ways to further your career as a chef is to learn from the best,” chef Chad Byrne said. “Having chefs of this calibre all gathered together cooking and coaching was an amazing experience for everyone involved. “We spent two days prepping and practicing some really incredible dishes, and then served the food to a room full of hoteliers.” And the reaction was amazing, he added. “It is not often that you see chefs getting a standing ovation but to get two on the night really showed how special this event was, highlighting our chefs of the future in the best way possible.”

Killarney's Brehon Hotel wins national employer award The Brehon Hotel, Killarney has been named as one of the country’s best employers by the Irish Hotels Federation. The federation’s Quality Employers Awards 2019, which acknowledges excellence in human resource management across Ireland’s hotel and guesthouse sector, were announced at the IHF’s 81st Annual Conference which took place in Killarney this week. Seven awards were presented to winners according to the size of the premises with the Brehon named as one of two intermediate award winners

along with The Merrion Hotel, Dublin. The awards were presented by local TD Brendan Griffin, who is the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. “The Irish tourism sector is acclaimed across the globe for its outstanding welcome and customer service levels,” Michael Lennon, IHF President said. “Our employees are our best ambassadors, ensuring that guests have a truly memorable visit that they will share with their family and friends.”

Announcing details of the ‘Big Hello’ Healthy Kerry Community Weekend, from l-r: Niamh O’Sullivan, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Deirdre Hegarty, and Bill Morrell.

‘Big Hello’ event aims to tackle social isolation Kerry County Council, in conjunction with Kerry’s Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), is inviting applications for funding from local community-led events linked to the first ever Healthy Kerry Community Weekend, which will take place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

AWARD: Michael Lennon (President IHF) and Minister Brendan Griffin presenting Eilish Loughrey (HR Manager) and Sinead McCarthy (General Manager) from The Brehon Hotel, with the Quality Employer of the Year award at the IHF conference in the Gleneagle Hotel. Photo Don MacMonagle

With the theme of ‘Wellbeing Across the Ages’, the event is part of the nationwide ‘Big Hello’ initiative being led by the Department of Rural and Community Development. €10,000 in funding has been allocated by the department to events in Kerry. “The funding is intended particularly for community-based events that will foster a sense of helping each other by coming together, not just on that weekend, but all year round,’ Cllr Niall Kelleher, Chair-

person of the Kerry Local Community Development Committee, said. “It’s a chance for everyone to organise an event which will help people to get to know all members of their community, to reconnect with neighbours and have a celebration together that is open, inclusive and local.” The events must take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend from May 4 to 6. Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ committees within County Kerry. A maximum of 10 projects will be funded. Full details are now available on the Kerry County Council website and from the Community Department or The closing date for funding applications is March 25.









Great night of song and dance in Fossa

The Kerry County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann held an evening of music, song and dance in Fossa on Saturday night. Musicians of all ages entertained a packed house in the Innisfallen Hotel, which included a visit from the Beaufort Biddy Group and students from ‘The Sem’, famous for their impromptu session on board a Ryanair flight from Stansted to Kerry in January. “It was great to see so much young talent in one place,” Tim Kissane, Fossa/ Two Mile chairperson said. “The Boys from ‘The Sem’ made a special guest appearance and gave a rousing rendition of Caledonia. Fear an Tí, Mick Myers did a fantastic job on the night, making sure that

everyone got a chance to perform, he added. “There was set dancing, step dancing and Sean Nós dancing. We had singers and storytellers that came from far and wide. The committee would like to thank everyone who participated or helped in any way on the night. Special mention to Mike Jack Cronin who played great music and supported those performing, the staff of the Innisfallen Hotel for accommodating such a large crowd, and to all who supported the raffle.”

The cast of 'The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley' will take to the stage in the CYMS Killorglin this coming April.

Hilarious comedy will have audiences begging for more! Killorglin CYMS Players promise a comedy that will have you shaking in your seats and begging for more! The group are currently in the final stages of rehearsal for their forthcoming production of Jimmy Keary’s comedy 'The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley', which they’ll take to the CYMS Community Hall from April 3 to 5, and again from April 10 to 12. Doors open at 7pm and curtain will rise at 8pm sharp. ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ is set in Aggie Foley’s farmhouse in rural Ireland. Aggie is close to 70 and is keen that her only son, Gabriel – now past 40 – will find himself a wife. Gabriel, who is played by Donal Piggot, is not opposed to the idea and to improve his chances, joins the nearby town’s newly established drama society - ‘The Prince of Denmark Players’. There he meets Hazel, played by Irene Kavanagh, and quickly becomes infatuated with her, much to the displeasure of Chrissie McCabe, played by Martha Fleming, from the neighbouring farm, who has always had her eye on Gabriel. When circumstances warrant that a rehearsal has to be held at Gabriel’s home, the action shifts into full comic

gear, with neighbouring farmer, Liam Gavigan, played by Brian O’Sullivan, and Aggie’s sister, Lucy Lacey, acted by Gina O’Shea, playing their part in stirring the pot. Adding spice to the mixture are the posh writer and director, Morag Dellamere played by Sarah Pigott, and Clive Snell played by Mike Moriarty, a self-important member of ‘The Prince of Denmark Players’ who, coincidentally, also has his eye on Hazel. The part of Aggie Foley herself is played by Bridget Cahillane. The play is directed by Brendan Reidy who is no stranger to drama. Brendan was a thespian with the Sliabh Luachra Drama Group for many years before moving to Killorglin and getting involved in the CYMS Players, and brings his own unique style of direction and stunning set design to this production. Following record breaking crowds at last year’s production it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. Contact the ticket office on 066 9762053. Admission is €12.

The Beaufort Biddy Group who took part in the night of song and dance in Fossa on Saturday night.

Padre Pio film screening

The Padre Pio Prayer Group from Killarney attended the film screening of 'We’ll Rise at Dawn' last week, in the Omniplex in Tralee. The screening was organised by Marian Pilgrimages and tells a beautiful story of two young boys who decide to write a book about Padre Pio and travel around on their bicycles getting testimonies from those that have known Padre Pio and witnessed his miracles.



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Tess Doona celebrated her 70th birthday with her husband John, son Thomas and daughters Therese West (left), and Pauline Cronin (right), and extended family and friends in Kayne’s Brasserie at The Dromhall Hotel on Sunday. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

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Lisa Tancred (centre in front row), celebrating her pre-wedding celebration with some family and friends in The Great Southern Hotel on Saturday night. Front from left were: Gillian Cotter, Marie Lambe, Lisa Tancred, Theresa Tancred and Jill Duggan. Standing from left were: Mary R. O'Donoghue, Eimear Hallissey, Catherine O'Sullivan, Ann Tancred, Kelly Crichton and Marguerite Lynch. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Tess Doona from Kilgobnet, Beaufort celebrated her 70th birthday in fine style with a party at Kayne’s Brasserie at the Dromhall Hotel on Sunday night. And it was a night she’ll remember for some time to come as husband John this week told the Killarney Advertiser that they had a fantastic evening together. Tess was joined on the night by her husband John, daughter Paula Cronin and her husband Liam, son Thomas and his wife Catherine, and their other daughter Therese West and her husband Damien,

seven grandchildren, and sisters Norrie O’Sullivan, Eileen Brosnan and family from friends gathered from near and far. “It was a lovely, fantastic night,” John said. Tess is originally from the Castleisland area and ran the popular Holly Bough Guesthouse on the foothills of Carrauntoohill. However, she’s now happily retired from her successful business.

Tess Doona celebrated her 70th birthday with family and friends in Kayne’s Brasserie at The Dromhall Hotel on Sunday. Front from left were: Evan Doona, Keith West, Rachel Doona and Tessa Cronin. Centre row from left: Noreen Marshall, Noreen O'Sullivan, Therese West, Kaitlyn Hope West, Tess Doona, John Doona, Pauline Cronin and Eileen Brosnan. Back from left were: Mike Marshall, Michael McGillycuddy, Catherine Doona, Damien West, Thomas Doona, Chloe West, Mike Brosnan, Tom Twomey, Liam and Faye Cronin. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

40th BIRTHDAY: Gerard O'Doherty, local painter and decorator, celebrated his 40th birthday with family and friends in The Killarney Avenue Hotel, last Saturday night. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

Gerard O'Doherty, celebrated his 40th birthday with family and friends in The Killarney Avenue Hotel, last Saturday night. From left were; Joe O'Doherty, Ryan, Gerard and Sophie O'Doherty, Joe O'Doherty and Brenda O'Doherty. Picture: Eamonn Keogh



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Gardening is all about forward planning The weather still seems very cold for planting out, but it is high time to get your autumn colour in order! I know, it doesn’t feel like spring yet, and here I am talking about autumn. What we must remember though is that gardening is all about forward planning. In the same way we plant our daffs and tulips in September, we must plant our dahlias now. Dahlia tubers can be bought in shops and garden centres at this time of year, and are much more cost effective than buying plants later. Dahlias grow from tubers, which are thick underground stems that store the plant’s energy for the next year. They do not look like there is life in them, but don’t worry - there is! Plant them with the top of the tuber at ground level. If you have kept your own over from last year, you can divide them. Plant the tuber in a pot, leaving it to grow until eyes or buds form. Then you may determine which tubers are viable. Separate with a sharp knife and plant as normal. Dahlias are quite susceptible to frost damage, so plant them in pots where you can keep an eye on them. Alternatively protect with horticultural fleece, which, incidentally is the gardener’s best friend in March! Other plants which are better value planted as bulbs or corms include Crocosmia, or Montbretia. These are the vivid orange flowers we all know from ditches, with the grassy foliage and the habit of colonising. Their more showy family members are, for example, Lucifer, a very

tall variety with dark orange, almost red flowers. Emily McKenzie has large orange flowers with a deep copper blotch, she is not too tall, nor vigorous. Walberton Yellow is, as its name suggests a yellow variety, Solfatere is also a peachy yellow and Star of the East has wide open star shaped flowers. All like well-drained soil in a sunny spot, though they will survive in heavier soils and shady sites, but may not flower as prolifically. They are, in any situation, a great addition to the flower border, disease and slug proof, as well as being fantastic cut flowers. Begonia tubers should also be in pots by now. They take a while to get going and definitely benefit from being kept indoors until the end of April. Their tubers are flat, prehistoric looking things, very unlike the beautiful flowers they produce. If confused as to the top and the bottom of the tuber, the depressed or hollow end is the top. Plant them about an inch deep. Angel’s Fishing Rod, or Dierama, is another plant which is cheaper to buy as a corm, and often there are more varieties to choose from. The same goes for Agapanthus, which can be quite expensive as plants, and there may not be a huge range to choose from. Ixia is another lovely flower to try, as of course are lillies. When buying tubers or corms from a shop or garden centre, check they have no mould on them and that they are firm. Do not be limited to shops, try the internet for more variety!

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Ladies lifestyle event to help two charities Two local charities are set to benefit from a new Ladies Lifestyle evening planned for the INEC later this month. The Ian O’Connell Trust Foundation and the Donal Walsh Live Life charities will be the main beneficiaries of the event which is set for March 28. Doors open at 7.30pm on the night with the event starting at 8pm. The evening will include advice on diet and nutrition with dietitian Paula Mee. Style queen Celia Holman Lee, owner of the longest running model agency in Ireland the Holman Lee Agency, will be revealing her secrets in a Beauty and Lifestyle Q&A, and will also showcase a style segment with tips on how to style an outfit from head to toe. One of Ireland’s most successful personal trainers and health blogger Nathalie Lennon will also give lots of fitness and well-being advice, while MC for the night will be Radio Kerry’s Alan Finn. The event is co-hosted by Dawn Milk and the National Dairy Council. “Paula will highlight the importance

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David is trading in his swanky Los Angeles movie star lifestyle to move home and spend more time with his wife, Sara and his daughter Gabrielle. Troublesome “Gabs” is the real reason why the family moved back to Britain, where they hope to give her a more grounded, normal childhood. David and Sara love the idea of having someone they know take care of their daughter, but Charlie’s occasional latenight shows and frequent hook-ups make “manny” duty a slight hindrance.


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Following up 2013’s ‘Girl Who Got Away’, her new 12-track collection ‘Still On My Mind’ is “a result of the fruitful and incredibly natural production/song writing partnership” with her brother Rollo Armstrong. The album features Dido's love of hip hop and her folk roots. The multi-million selling singer has also announced a huge headline show at 3Arena Dublin, on December 1, where she will play songs from the new album alongside her classic megahits such as ‘Thank You’, ‘Here With Me’, ‘White Flag’ and ‘Life For Rent’.




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Kerry London to go green and gold for St Patrick’s Day The Kerry Association London is going green on the double this Sunday for the British capital’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Irishmen arrested in alleged roof scamming operation in Australia A man has been extradited from Melbourne to Sydney to face charges relating to an alleged roof scamming operation The 20 year-old is one of three Irish nationals charged by Strike Force Denain, a Sydney police investigation into a series of alleged frauds, targeting elderly home owners. Another, 20 year-old Irish national, bound for the United Kingdom, was arrested at Sydney Airport by Australian Federal Police. Placed into New South Wales custody, police allegedly discovered large


amounts of cash and jewellery in the arrested man’s luggage. He was charged with aggravated break and enter and denied police bail. St George detectives quickly established that an alleged scam was underway and would continue the next day at a home in Bexley. It’s alleged the detectives contacted and warned the home owner, a 72 year-old man.

Following further inquiries, at 8.20pm on Saturday, Police arrested a 22 year-old Irish national at Sydney airport as he tried to board a flight to Qatar. A search of his luggage allegedly uncovered a large amount of cash and jewellery. He was charged with fraud and dealing in proceeds of crime; and refused police bail. Around 10am on Monday, a 20 year-old Irish national was arrested by Australian Federal Police at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport as he tried to board a flight to Shanghai, China. Kogarah detectives flew to Melbourne and successfully applied for his extradition to New South Wales. He was taken to Kogarah Police Station and charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception. Refused bail, he is expected to appear this week in the Sutherland local court. The hunt for a fourth alleged offender is continuing.

A no deal Brexit plays into Trump’s plans for a weaker EU As Britain heads out of control towards a No Deal Brexit, and while most of Europe collectively gets more nervous as this undesirable conclusion seems imminent, there is one supporter of such a train crash. According to Natalie Nougayrède, a political columnist with Britain’s pro-remain Guardian newspaper, a No Deal Brexit is exactly what President Trump wants. He sees the EU as an enemy. The United States of Europe is too big

for its boots and a threat to the United States of America – in his eyes at least. So anything that diminishes European power is a good thing. In an article in The Guardian yesterday (Thursday), Nougayrède interviewed Ted Bromund of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom, an American conservative thinktank that British advocates of Brexit have close ties with. She also spoke with Jakub Grygiel, a professor at the Catholic University

The annual parade, organised by the Mayor of London’s office, follows a route from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square passing famous landmarks like Pall Mall and Piccadilly Circus. The Kerry Association London is one of 100 of the Irish community organisations that participate in the parade each year. Traditionally the association’s float is built on the back of a 40-foot lorry and is towed by a diesel-engine truck supplied by the Murphy Group. However, this year the association float will be mounted on an electric-powered van in an effort to reduce emissions in London city centre. The parade starts at 12 noon and the Kerry Association London welcome walkers who wish to follow the float and join the parade.

of America in Washington. In the article, Bromund is quoted as saying “It is time for us to recognise that the EU is an open and declared enemy to the role the US assumed in Europe after 1945”. Grygie is quoted as saying: “[The EU] has outlived its purpose as an ordering force in Europe”. Both are Trump supporters and a weakened EU is exactly what Trump wants. But don’t make the mistake that he supports Britain’s quest to leave the EU either, a weaker European powerhouse, regardless if it was Britain, France or Germany, plays into his hands too. The fact that Britain is the one that chose to leave is by-the-by.




Fexco announce foreign currency contactless payment technology A Killarney Hotel is the first to sign up to Fexco’s new foreign currency contactless payments.

CLEAN UP: Mayor of Kerry Cllr Norma Foley, Colm Cooper, Tadgh Healy (KWD), Mike Tehan (Chairman Kerry ICMSA), Charlie O'Sullivan (KCC), Tim Murphy (Chairman Kerry GAA) and Pat O'Driscoll (Chair of Kerry IFA) pictured for the County Clean Up Day. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Let’s clean up the county!

The eighth County Clean Up Day will take place on Saturday, April 13 and a call has gone out to individuals and communities across the county to get involved in the annual litter collection effort. Last year, some 5,500 volunteers were out and about on the day with the support of Kerry County Council and KWD Recycling as well as local organisations like Kerry GAA, Kerry IFA, and Kerry ICMSA, each of which are joining in the effort again this year. Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper will also be lending a hand on the day and is helping to promote the initiative. The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Norma Foley, launched the event at Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee on Tuesday evening to coincide with a seminar for Tidy Towns groups in the county. “The growing success of the County Clean Up, since it was established in 2012, is evident in the huge voluntary ef-

fort all over Kerry in previous years and the volume of litter retrieved over the years is indicative of the larger numbers taking part,” Cllr Foley said. “This year let’s again work together to get even more individuals, families, schools, sports clubs and community groups out on the day to help clean up the county. We are so reliant on our reputation for a clean and litter-free environment in Kerry and through this effort, everyone can play a role in that regard.” KWD Recycling will again provide cleanup packs to groups which register at and collection points will be designated around the county to ensure that all litter gathered is disposed of.

The Story behind the medals – Colm Cooper TG4 documentary Colm 'Gooch' Cooper will appear on TG4’s Laochra Gael documentary programme at 5.40pm on St Patrick’s Day. The series, now in its 17th year, features six Laochra with genuine star quality and reveals deeper, fresh and sometimes unexpected insights into the lives of these icons. While the programme uses the stars’ sporting careers as the backdrop to the story - the series travels well beyond the four white lines of the GAA pitch. Copper is the subject of the final programme in the current the series that has already featured Seamus Darby, the Offaly player who denied the Kerry team its five All-Ireland titles in a row in 1982.

Directed by Cormac Morel, the programme features interviews with Cooper as well as insights from former Kerry colleagues like Marc Ó Sé and sports journalist Vincent Hogan. TG4 describe the show as the story behind the medals. “A once-in-a-generation talent who defied convention by showing that Gaelic Football does not have to be a big man's game. This episode delves behind the five All-Irelands and eight All-Stars and reveals the origins of an extraordinary talent in an ordinary Killarney housing estate. The documentary also explores the personal pain away from the pitch during the years of dealing with his father's death, as well as looking back on the testimonial controversy.”

The surging number of overseas visitors to Ireland can now benefit from making contactless payments in their own currency, through a new service launched this week by Kerry-based fintech company Fexco. The service will mean that when electing to pay their bill by tapping their phone, tourists can be offered a foreign exchange rate on the spot and know exactly what the cost will be in their home currency. Fexco, working alongside AIB Merchant Services, will roll out the service across Ireland, with Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney the first business to provide the service to its guests. “The way we pay for goods and servic-

es is evolving, with our smartphones increasingly being used as a wallet, particularly in younger demographic groups,” Brian Miley, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Muckross Park Hotel, said. “It makes sense to enhance our product offering to ensure the foreign exchange service we provide to users paying by card is also now available for Apple and Android pay users. Working alongside AIB Merchant Services we hope that many other Irish businesses, particularly those serving tourists, will join Muckross Park Hotel in offering a contactless foreign exchange option.” The new service is suitable for retail, hospitality and car rental businesses.

NEW PAYMENT SYSTEM: Shane-Barron (Front Office Manager Muckross Park Hotel and Spa) and Shane McElroy (Head of Strategic Development Europe Fexco) announcing Fexco’s new foreign currency contactless payments system.

Kerry athlete arrives in Abu Dhabi for Special Olympic World Games Gary O’Sullivan (30) from Castleisland has arrived in Abu Dhabi to compete in athletics at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. He joins his fellow Team Ireland athletes from right across the island of Ireland, who will compete in a total of 12 sports: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, bowling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, swimming and table tennis. Taking place from yesterday (Thursday) to March 21, Abu Dhabi 2019 will be

the largest sporting and humanitarian event in the world this year. Supported by a volunteer management team of 39, the 91-strong Team Ireland will join 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries at the Games. With 350 family and friends also making the trip to support their loved ones, Ireland is set to be one of the best supported nations at the games. Team Ireland will compete in 12 different Olympic style sports with a total of 24 counties represented on the squad.




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Further hotel recruitment fairs are likely to be held in the county following a successful first event organised by South Kerry Development Partnership CLG last week. More than 100 jobseekers attended the event in the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday last, where the representatives of 10 hotels in total who had both full and part-time positions available across a range of areas. The event was organised by the SICAP programme and SKDP’s Employer Liaison Officer Joanne Griffin said she was delighted with the success of the event, given the larger than expected turnout

of jobseekers. “The event enjoyed strong support from the hotel sector in Killarney with 10 different hotels seeking employees and this was mirrored by the interest from those seeking to develop a career in the sector who attended the event,” she said. She added that given the success of the event and the positive feedback received from all involved, it is likely that it will be held again in the future.

Declutter your home with a skin consultation! It might sound odd – but you can declutter your home by having a personalised skincare consultation at Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio. Not only will it last around 30 minutes – but by knowing which product is best for your skin type – you can get rid of all the other lotions and potions hanging around in your bathroom, bedroom and presses at home. Everyone can have a skincare consultation and we recommend a review every six to 12 months to make sure you are getting the best results. A lot of the products we use these days have active ingredients in them. Some skincare products that are recommended contain retinoids, AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), hyaluronic acid and Vitamin A, so it’s important to wear a SPF of at least 30 daily. This basically means we will get better results - quicker! It’s particularly important to know how to use your products correctly to get the best results. Our in depth skin analysis allows us to tailor specific skincare routines for home care and treatment plans in the studio to help improve your skin’s condi-

tion, reduce signs of ageing and environmental damage, and to help the overall well-being of the mind and body through the relaxing professional Sothys facials. When it comes to an offer on skin care products – ask yourself is it really an offer if it’s not for your skin type? You may only realise that it’s not suitable as it may feel tight, burn or itch when applied to your skin. By having a skin consultation you will hopefully not only declutter your bathroom but also your skin. In a sense, once you resurface your skin all your cosmeceutical creams (cosmetic and pharmaceutical grade ingredients) will get to work to their best ability, hydrating the upper surfaces and getting to work down to the lower levels of the skin where the energy, collagen and elastin need to be nourished. ____________________________________________________ For more information call Jill 064-6632966

South Kerry Development Partnership Employer Liaison Officer Joanne Griffin with local hotel and HR managers at the hotel recruitment event in The Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney, on Thursday last. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Councillor calls for permanent caretaker at Rossbeigh Beach During a debate on the Litter Pollution Act at this month's meeting of Kerry County Council, Councillor Michael Cahill called on Senior Management to provide a full-time caretaker at Rossbeigh Beach. He said the Council provide a caretaker every year from June 1 until the end of September and the beach is well maintained. However, outside of this period the refuse bins and dog fowling bins are removed and this has become a big problem for dumping and dog fowling, the Fianna Fail Councillor, who resides in Rossbeigh, stated.

He said the beach has become increasingly busy off season with the success of the Wild Atlantic Way and with the public becoming more health conscious. There has been an alarming increase in the number of people walking dogs on the beach in recent years and it is quite common to see up to 50 or 60 dogs on the beach on any one day. "Our beaches are a very important part of County Kerry's economy and need to be maintained to the highest of standards and the only way this can be achieved is by having a permanent caretaker who will ensure amongst other things that the bins are put out and emptied on a weekly basis,” he said.

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Natural Beauty Salon offers a range of treatments In the Natural Beauty Salon we like to keep up with all the new trends. We cater our treatments for all ages such as Profhilo Liquid Lifting time reversing treatment for face and neck, OxyGeneo facial nourishment of oxygenation and skin tightening, Micro needling, Mesotherapy skin booster, Botox clinic, lip fillers, permanent make up - Microblading, powder brows, Ombre brows, eyeliner, lip colour, Est Gen anti-ageing microneedling peels, Gel nails, shellac, Make-up, Spray tan, Massages, Ear piercing and Eyelash extensions.

the production of new collagen in the skin. This is achieved by puncturing the dermis with microscopic needles. The treatment utilises the skin’s ability to heal itself. In addition to treating pores, fine wrinkles, loss of elasticity, minor scarring, including acne scarring. Mesotherapy can stimulate the fibro-

blast cell in the skin to produce more collagen to combat signs of ageing. Among the list of skin-friendly ingredients injected or delivered with microcurrent are growth factors, peptides, antioxidants and trace elements that provide the ideal environment for healthy skin.

BB gloss, a semi-permanent BB cream evens out skin tone, eliminates hyperpigmentation, and hides minor defects and flaws in the skin. BB lips is a combination of things, a cross between a lip conditioner, a lip gloss and a lip plumper. It gives them a fuller appearance by hydrating them and smoothing the surface. There are four colours to choose as well.


We offer highlights, colour, cut/restyle, up-styling, bridal parties and a 12 week Keratin blow dry. Anyone who books a 12 week Keratin blow dry for the month of April will receive a 40 percent discount on this service. Call Lorraine and mention this offer to make your booking 085 1731374, or the salon 064 6621858 for further information about treatments.


Profhilo Liquid Lifting stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. It moisturises the skin, restores its glow and texture. Profhilo smooths fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin fresh and younger looking. Micro-needling works by stimulating


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A day of rest and relaxation in The Angsana Spa at The Brehon is one of the most sought-after presents for Mother’s Day and it is easy to understand why. Every one of the incredible treatments on offer focus on revitalising and rejuvenating both the mind and body and so The Angsana Spa is the perfect escape for busy moms. There is a huge selection of treatments to choose from including

a number of special packages in celebration of Mother’s Day. And the good news is, by opting for a Brehon gift card your mom can chose how she would like to spend her day at The Brehon. These gift cards can be redeemed in the spa or anywhere in the hotel - perhaps she would prefer afternoon tea, lunch in The Brehon Bar or dinner in Danú. The choice is hers. To celebrate Mother’s Day, The Brehon will be hosting a special lunch on Sunday, March 31, early booking is advisable. For further information or to purchase you Brehon gift card contact The Brehon on 064 6630700 or visit

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Treat yourself to fabulous nails! Give your hands a dazzling make over with Nails by Anita who has been in business in Killarney for over three years.

CACI non-surgical facelift As we grow older our facial muscles naturally start to lose their tone and elasticity. We all know first impressions count. Genetics, lifestyle, weight fluctuations and environmental factors can influence the rate and degree to which our muscles will lose their firmness, and a sagging face can make you look tired, miserable and older than your years. Following over 20 years of research and development, CACI International can now offer a non-surgical solution to combat the loss of muscle tone using CACI micro current facial toning therapy. This technology was developed for medical applications to treat facial palsy and muscles. Tone was restored by applying tiny micro current electrical impulses to the affected muscles. This proven technology is now available in our studio as a painless cosmetic treatment and is commonly referred to as facial toning or the non-surgical facelift. During each facial, which lasts one hour

20 minutes , all 32 facial muscles are gently manipulated and re-educated by our trained therapists using a series of precise movements. Soft cotton tipped wands are used on the face to transmit the micro current energy to the facial muscles to restore tone and elasticity. Results are visible after the very first treatment, but a course of 10 is recommended. After a course of CACI facial toning treatments, the facial contours will look lifted and toned, fresher and brighter. A monthly or six week top up treatment is highly recommended. Depending on your age and skin condition, different treatment plans are required. If you’re in your early thirties you would be using the CACI treatments as a preventive procedure. And as you get older reversing the signs of aging is required. The CACI machine can be set at a program to suit your requirements.

Anita’s small nail bar offers a variety of treatments and with the addition of the new pedicure chair there’s even more extra comfort while undergoing pamper treatments. It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax for an hour or so giving you time to switch off from work or life in general and have a relaxed chat while you unwind. Anita offers a variety of nail and hand creams, oils, nail treatments, Voesh moisturiser gloves, foot scrubs and nail polish sets, plus lots more. Treatments include a file and polish, Shellac two to three week gel polish,

gel overlay, deluxe pedicures using the beautiful Voesh four-step system, to give your feet much needed nutrients and hydration, available in olive, vitamin recharge and lavender. She also offers Voesh collagen gloves and boots enriched with Vitamin E and collagen that can be used when having a regular manicure or mini pedicure. Anita strives to give great quality service and uses high quality products. She has a variety of nail treatments, creams and gift sets which are available in the nail bar. Anita is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and has a 24-hour booking system in place. Late appointments are available on request. Phone: 087 9066993. Email:

Call Jill on 064 6632966 for more information or to book an appointment.

Salon B

Killarney’s newest hair SALON At Salon B, Deerpark Killarney, we pride ourselves in only using top quality products that help us achieve amazing results. We exclusively stock Kevin Murphy and Eleven Australia and we offer free consultations for any hair concerns you may have. We thoroughly love what we do and would love to share our knowledge with you! We would also like to introduce B3 Brazilian Bonder to the salon, Olaplex,

Sweet Professional 12 week blow dry and Tahe Magic Efecto Botox, a powerful nano-keratin treatment that progressively heals hair damage. We also have an in salon nail bar, where Barbra will be happy to take appointments on 089 4646400 The business is growing fast and we are hiring a senior stylist - just pop into the salon with a CV. Landline: 0646670977 Brenda : 0871098010 Therese:0877181333

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Norrie King, Seanie O'Donoghue, Cliona O'Donnell and Liath King at the Killarney Strictly Come Dancing last Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Ciara O'Donoghue and Emmet Flanagan (centre in front row) with other participants and Cassie Leen, choreographer, at the Killarney Strictly Come Dancing event in aid of the Irish Cancer Society at The INEC, Killarney, last Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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Another Strictly success for the Irish Cancer Society There was an electric atmosphere in Killarney’s INEC on Friday night as 1,500 gathered for the highly anticipated Strictly Come Dancing event. 12 couples, trained by Tralee choreographer Cassie Leen, took to the floor for the biggest annual fundraiser for the Killarney and South Kerry branch of the Irish Cancer Society. And it was the footwork and graceful movements by local Garda Emmet Flanagan and his dancing partner Ciara O’Donoghue from Listry, who gave a beautiful contemporary style performance to ‘Lost Boy, Peter Pan’ – which

saw them crowned the Overall Winners. A second People’s Choice award was won by Kenmare’s Mike Delaney and Mags O’Mahony who danced the jive to ‘Runaway Baby’ by Bruno Mars. Emmet, is the third member of Killarney Gardai to win the glamorous event. Neither he nor his partner had any substantial dancing experience and both said they were shocked

when they were named by the judges as the winners. “I said from day one that this was going to be fun,” Emmett told The Killarney Advertiser this week. “I would not say I am a competitive man, but for a few moments before the judges called out the names of the winners I was very nervous and I suppose then the competitive element crept in.” Emmet was supported on the night by many of his family and friends, including several who travelled from his native Ennis, and colleagues from Killarney Garda Station.

“I had no dancing experience,” Ciara, who works in Fexco, said. “Maybe when I was a child of six or seven I might have done a small bit but really I had no experience. Everyone made a huge effort in the run up and it was amazing we won.” The next big fundraiser for the branch is the annual Daffodil Day on Friday, March 22. Kathrina Breen of the Killarney South Kerry Branch praised the people of Killarney for supporting all fundraising activities in the town. “We are a small committee but Strictly is the biggest event on our calendar and we cannot thank the people and businesses of Killarney enough,” she said. “Daffodil Day is next for us and if anyone would like to donate daffodils for sale, they can be dropped in to the Credit Union offices on Beech Road.”





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Plans for annual Kilgarvan vintage and classic car run Roughty Valley Vintage Club has released details of its annual vintage and classic car run which will take place on Sunday, March 31. The Kilgarvan Vintage and Classic Car Run will start in Kilgarvan at 12pm and will take in well-known local roads like Ballaghbeama Pass and Caragh Lake before finishing at the Red Fox Inn near Glenbeigh. Entry is just €20 and sign-on begins at 11am at community hall in the village. Each entrant will get a free souvenir of the event and the Joey Sweeney Memo-

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A week-long seatbelt enforcement operation began this week with similar operations taking place in 27 other countries across Europe. The action is part of a Europe-wide operation co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, and vehicle occupants who do not wear their seatbelt will be issued with a penalty. Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging all drivers to ensure they and their passengers use seatbelts on every journey. According to GEM road safety officer Neil Worth, wearing a seatbelt is not only a legal requirement - it’s also your number one lifesaver in the event of a collision. “Seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent for drivers and front seat occupants. They also reduce the risk of serious injury by 50 percent,” he said. “If you’re not wearing a seatbelt and your vehicle is involved in a crash, you will simply become a projectile. That means you are likely to be flung at high speed – most probably against the front, side or rear windows. If your head hits the glass and it holds, you will sustain some sort of head injury. If it breaks, you will go through the window, almost cer-

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Killarney students got plenty of talent! It was very apparent on Friday that local students have plenty of talent as they took part in the final of the Killarney Community College, ‘Who’s Got Talent 2019’.

Kerry’s youth enjoy fun day in Killarney Over 1,400 young people from 37 KDYS youth clubs in Kerry gathered at the INEC to celebrate one of the largest annual youth events in Ireland - KDYS Youth Day. Young people attended from Fossa, Beaufort and Kenmare and as far away as Castlegregory and Dingle. There was a huge variety of activities including the ever popular Bucking Bronco and youth club challenges, which was won this year by Milltown Youth Club. “KDYS is constantly engaging with young people and their communities in order to meet their needs

The school was awash with musicians, singers and there was even some magic tricks up one student’s sleeve. The event, which is now in its tenth year, was organised by teachers Mary Fuller, Denise O’Sullivan and Joanna Hughes. Students went through four weeks of auditions, and of the 23 entries, the final eight acts battled it out in the grand final. The glamorous judges included teachers; Siobhan O’Brien, Ciaran Gallagher, Mike Lynch and student judge Grainne O’Sullivan. And the winners who received trophies and vouchers were announced as Rachel Griffen in first place, who sang her own original song called ‘Lazy Generation’ winning €100, magician Jamil Khaleel won second prize bagging himself €75, while talented drummer Jack

Ryan, was delighted to be placed third - winning €50. “This is the tenth year of this very successful event which showcased the vast talents within the college,” teacher Joanna Hughes said. “The school’s spirit is uplifted when the whole school community shares their many talents.” Teacher Denise O’Sullivan added that the talent show is one of the highlights in the arts calendar in the school. “It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of the students,” she added. Students tutored by Mary Fuller also presented at the event. “This event is student led from beginning to end, giving a warm glow to everyone leaving the college on a sunny Friday,” Mary said.

using a variety of youth work programmes and services,” KDYS CEO, Tim O’Donoghue said this week when asked about the relevance of the event. “Youth Day is just one of the ways that we do this, which is enhanced by the input and leadership of young people in all stages of the event, right through from the planning stage.”

Rachel King from Ventry pictured at the KDYS Youth Day in the INEC on Sunday. Photos: Sally MacMonagle

Aoibhin Collins, Julia Mackiewickz and Rachel Griffin at The Killarney Community College 'Who’s Got Talent' event on Friday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Jack Ryan (drums) with Jamil Khaleel, Brian Kelleher, Ethan McKeon and Kirill Healy at The Killarney Community College 'Who’s Got Talent' event on Friday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh







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Almost 20,000 hits on Ian’s first YouTube podcast Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell has taken his message to a whole new level - by starting a podcast on YouTube. | By Darragh Doolan At just over 16 minutes long, the first episode of ‘Be Yourself’ has reached almost 20,000 views on the site since it was uploaded just two weeks ago. “It’s a weird feeling when you fall, and you go to get up and you can’t,” he says in his podcast. Ian describes the day of his accident and the aftermath in great detail, but it is his continuous positive response that draws so many people to listen to his message. For example, he tells of an experience during his time in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin, when told by a nurse that “I don’t want to be saying this, but you know you’re not going to get movement back after your injury”. His response - “I felt like telling her to eff off, but I just smiled and said

‘watch me’”. Over the last 18 months, Ian has been inspiring people of all ages with his messages of positivity, in particular his “if you can’t stand up, stand out” attitude. Since his cycling accident in August 2017 that resulted to injuries to his spine, Ian has been interviewed on local radio, met the likes of UFC star Conor McGregor and even made an appearance on RTÉ’s ‘Late Late Show’. Wherever he goes, Ian’s attitude towards his situation and positive outlook on life has resonated with many people in Kerry and beyond. This is seen in his anecdotes throughout the podcast, such as when he was allowed home from hospital for three days for St Patrick’s weekend. The first episode of Ian O’Connell’s ‘Be Yourself’ is available on his YouTube channel under the video name BE/YOUR/SELF EP 1.

Ian O’Connell and his father Michael O'Connell . Picture: Eamonn Keogh




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NEWS JOIN THE DEBATE COMMUNITY NOTES Spa Muckross Community Games INDOOR SOCCER: Congratulations to our U13 boys team who put on a fantastic performance on Sunday to win the county competition. The boys now move on to compete in the Munster finals in Tralee on Easter Saturday. PITCH & PUTT: This is now an individual competition, unlike previous years where it was a team competition. The county competition will take place May 18 in Tralee Pitch & Putt club. We need to have an idea of numbers so if anyone is interested in entering please contact Emir on 087 2258776. MARATHON: The county competition will take place Tuesday, April 9. This 7km race is an individual event at county level for the U16 and O14 age group. Please contact Emir before March 28 if you are interested in entering.

Fossa Community Games CHESS: Well done to the participants in the community games chess that took place last Sunday in Glenflesk. Fossa U13 won gold and progress to the Munster finals on April 20. Special thanks to the coach Barth O'Neill. SOCCER: Fossa U10 boys won bronze in the indoor soccer finals, well done to all involved.

Comhaltas CILL ÁIRNE: Weare proud to congratulate all our musicians and dancers who excelled last weekend at Sult na nÓg. Féile Rince competition will be held in Millstreet on Saturday, April 13. Entries must be emailed by latest Friday, March 29. Due to the high level of interest in this competition late entries will be accepted. Please see Kerry Comhaltas page for

details. Congratulations to Mullingar on been selected to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2020. The Festival was founded in Co Westmeath in 1951 and last held there in 1963 GLENFLESK: Scoil Fonn workshops on traditional singing, slow air playing on fiddle, flute and whistle and Sliabh Luachra Slide and Polka will be held on Saturday, April 13 in the IT Tralee North Campus. For more information contact Margaret Creedon 087 2706390. FOSSA/TWO MILE: We would like to thank everyone who took part in and those who came along and supported the Rambling House in the Innisfallen Hotel Fossa last Saturday night. It was a fantastic success and the music and singing, dancing and storytelling were second to none. A special thank you to George, Eilis, Joan and staff of the Innisfallen Hotel who provided great hospitality for all.

Firies Community Games INDOOR SOCCER: A brilliant weekend for the U13 Girls and their coaches coming away with gold. Team: Katie Doe, Laura Flynn, Sarah Palmer, Kerri Breen O'Riordan, Aoife O'Sullivan, Emma O'Brien, Clodagh Moriarty and Aideen O'Brien and to their management and coaches of Bernie Doe, Jason O'Brien and Seamus O'Brien. They now represent Kerry and the parish at the Munsters here in Kerry over the Easter weekend so tentatively pencil it in to join the supporters bandwagon. CHESS: A fantastic weekend was had also by our chess players. Entering two teams, U13 boys Jake Keating, Anthony Cremin, Jack Dicker, Sean Brosnan, Michael Allen and Issac Jones and U16 boys Micheal O'Sullivan, Kristupas Griciounas, Sean Galvin, Tristan Keat-

ing, Jack Costelloe and Luke Costelloe, they all competed superbly. The highlight was the winning of a bronze medal for the U16 boys. Thanks also to Peter Costelloe for his time and effort in coaching both teams. OUTDOOR SOCCER: Boys U12 outdoor soccer will take place on April 28 in Mastergeeha. Any boys interested please register with Maura 087 6663702 ASAP, so trials can be arranged if needed. Soccer panel of 16 and boys must be U12 and over 9 on the July 31, 2019. DRAUGHTS: A final shout out to all parents and children who may have an interest in draughts. We are especially interested in parents who may wish to help out or impart a little knowledge through coaching. If this is you please contact Maura on 087 6663702 ASAP for further information. Draughts competition is for U10, U12 and U14, Boys, Girls and Mixed with panels of up to 7. Draughts County finals are Sunday, March 31 in Listowel. CROSS COUNTRY: Cross Country U12 400M/600M, U13 1200M, U14 700M, and Marathon U16 6000M are on April 7 and 9. Please contact Maura on 087 6663702 ASAP for further information.

16 and all eligible applicants will be requested to attend for audition and interview August 31. For further information please contact eolas@comhaltas. ie or phone 01 2800295. PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: As part of the Killarney Mountain Festival celebrations, a photography and art exhibition is currently on display at Killarney Library during library opening hours. The exhibition will run until March19 . Free admission. DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP COURSE: Kilcummin Defibrillator Group are offering CPR training on March 20 from 7.30pm to 10pm in Kilcummin NS. Cost €15 and €10 for U16s. There are now 6 defibrillators in the parish. Please book by contacting any of the following; Derek 087 2662395, Willie 085 7882288, Johnny 085 7689103, Marie 086 3049422, Sheila 087 9048486. Pre booking is essential. COMPUTER TRAINING: Word Processing Level 3 will commence on April 29 until the last Monday in May, resuming again in September in the Rural Development Office. This module includes producing a range of documents, letters, posters etc. Documents are saved to a memory stick for future retrieval, editing, formatting, printing and much more. Contact Mary McSweeney


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TTCT TEACHER TRAINING COURSE: Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s TTCT Teacher Training Course will take place from Sunday, October 27 to Saturday, November 2 at An Chultúrlann and applications are presently being accepted for applicants specialising in fiddle, flute, whistle, concertina, button, accordion, harp, banjo and uilleann pipes. Closing date for applications is August

OPEN DAY: Kilcummin NS Open Day for prospective Junior Infant pupils will be held in the school on Thursday, April 11 from 2.15-4pm. Parents and pupils are invited to attend. If you know of any child who intends starting school, please advise them to contact Kilcummin National School 064 6643163). Enrolment application forms are now available. Tá fáilte roimh chách!




SUPPORT GROUPS Kerry Positive Option Crisis Pregnancy

Counselling Service Free - confidential - non-judgemental services. All options explored. Killarney Southwest Counselling Centre Emmett’s Road, Killarney Tel: 064 6636416. Open: Monday to Friday 9am -5pm.Saturday 10am-1pm. Funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme.

Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

Provides a free professional counselling and support service for female and male survivors of sexual violence and their families in a safe and confidential environment with highly qualified and professional counsellors. It can be contacted by freephone 1800-633333 or by email

Killarney Al Anon

The Killarney Al Anon meetings are held Tuesday nights at 8.30pm in St Claire’s, Vincent De Paul Building, Tesco Car Park, Beech Road, Killarney. Contact 086-8616001.

MS Support Group

A support group for people with MS meets every Wednesday 9.30am to 1pm, at MS Meeting Rooms, Beech Road Carpark (Previously SVDP donation drop off)

Suicide Prevention Helplines

Console 1Life Suicide Freefone 1800247100, centre in Tralee 066 7129700 web:, Text HELP to 51444, 24hour; Samaritans 1850609090 or freephone 116123; Pieta House, free counselling, 066-7163660; South West Counselling Centre, Killarney, free suicide prevention and bereavement counselling, 064-6636416/6636100;

Living Links, Kerry, 087-9006300; HSE South: Suicide Prevention Helpline 1800 742 745, Farm & Rural Stress Helpline 1800742645.

Aware Support & Self Care Group

Peer to peer support and understanding for individuals experiencing depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions. Facilitated by Aware trained volunteers. Free of charge, all adults welcome and no referral necessary. Location: K.D.Y.S, Fairhill, Killarney, Co Kerry. Time: Every Monday at 7.30pm.

Recovery Haven Kerry

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Recovery Haven Kerry has been selected as one of the main chosen charities in this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle which takes place this year on July 6th. We are equally honoured that Ireland’s rugby captain, Ciara Griffin, will be our charity ambassador for the event and will cycle on the day for us. We are now in the process of recruiting cyclists to take part in the ROKCC on our behalf. Registration officially opens this Thursday so keep an eye on our website and social media for more information on how to take part. You can also call us on 0667192122. Killarney Outreach OUR Killarney Outreach Service continues at The Reeks, Killarney on Tuesday next, March 19th. We offer a free, drop-in support service from 10am to 2pm, while complementary therapies and one to one counselling are also available by appointment, by calling our main office on 066 7192122.



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County Finals of Scor Chiarrai Trath Na gCeist The County Finals of Scor Chiarrai Trath Na gCeist took place at the Centre Of Excellence, Currow on Friday evening last with a place at the All-Ireland Finals awaiting the winners. 14 teams from around the County took part; St. Pats, Churchill, John Mitchels, Ballymacelligot, Currow, Tralee Parnels, Annascaul, Laune Rangers, Asdee, Rathmore, Spa, Abbeydorney; (10 rounds of 8 Questions) and at the end of a pulsating competition it was last years All-Ireland champions Churchill; Mike Gaynor, Paul Culloty, John Flaherty and Dermot Crowley, who led from the beginning, obtaining full marks and progressed to yet another All-Ireland Final. Laune Rangers, Aidan Clifford, Gerard Clifford, John Clifford, Andrew Pigott, and Spa Seamus Clifford, Michael Aherne, Jimmy Darcy, John O’Donoghue were in joint second place on 75 marks with former three time All-Ireland champions Rathmore; Donie O’Leary, Tony Moynihan, Dan Vincent O’Connor, Paul Horan just a point adrift. St Gerard’s College Castlebar, County Mayo will be the venue for the All-Ireland Finals on Saturday April 13 with a starting time of 11am. ..............................................................

Coffee morning for ICS in Rathmore

All are welcome to a coffee morning and cake sale in St Joseph’s Day Care Centre, Rathmore on Friday, March 22. The event begins at 8.30am to 12noon and it’s all in aid of the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day. Anyone willing to donate baking, cakes or daffodils is asked to contact 064-7758588. ..............................................................

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KWOTE monthly meeting

KWOTE Killarney Women's organisation for training and empowerment will hold their monthly meeting next Wednesday, March 20, at 8pm in Scott’s Hotel. Guest speaker for the evening will be Sean Taaffe who will be giving hair advice.

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In loving memory of Carmel Cremin, Doireann Alainn and Park Road Killarney. Who died on March 12th 2018.

In loving memory of Patrick (Patsy) Cunningham, Late of Friary Downs, Killarney and Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo, Who died on the 15th of March 2016.

In loving memory of John Horgan, 20 Woodlawn road, Killarney, Who died March 14th 2015, R.I.P.


In loving memory of Carmel Cremin, Who passed away on March 12th 2018. On the first anniversary of Carmel’s death, her children Aidan, Tomas and Sinead, her Dad patsy, Aunt Tessie, sisters Bernie, Jacinta and Siobhan, brother Denis and extended family would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who attended her funeral and offered us kindness and support. This may have been flowers, cards, calls, texts, emails or lovely memories recalled. Thank you to Kees and Sarah van Bladel for your support before and during the funeral. Thank you to Kerry Mountain Rescue for the guard of honour. Thank you to Fr. Jim Lenihan for your guidance and for celebrating Carmel’s funeral mass. Thank you to Dr. Orla Crosbie and her team in CUH. Thank you also to the staff at UHK for your care in Carmel’s final days. Special thanks to Dr. Donal Coffey whose support and care of Carmel over the past few years was very much appreciated. Thank you to Carmel’s many friends who were so important and supportive to her. Thank you to Michael and Mary O’Shea of O’Shea’s Funeral Home for your professionalism and your kindness and guidance. As it would be impossible to thank everybody individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our gratitude.

“A Mothers love is like nothing else in the world” “Today is the anniversary of the day I lost you, And for that time it felt as though my life had ended too. But loss has taught me many things, And now I face each day with hope, And happy memories to help me on my way. And though I’m full of sadness that you’re no longer here, Your influence still guides me and I still feel you near. What we shared will never die, It lives within my heart bringing strength and comfort, While we are apart.” Loved and remembered by your sons, Aidan and Tomas and daughters Sinead.


In loving memory of Carmel Cremin, Doireann Alainn and Park Road Killarney. Who died on March 12th 2018. “A Sister is a little part of childhood that is never lost” You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live in yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she’s gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. Loved and remembered by your Dad, Patsy, sisters Bernie, Jacinta and Siobhan, brother Denis and families.


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It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing Seems the same, but as God calls us One by one, the chain will link again.



In loving memory of our dear mother Hannah Foran, Coolcaslagh, Killarney. Whose 40th Anniversary occurs on the 16th of March.

I remember the day I Met you, And the day God made you mine, I remember the day I lost you, And will until the end of time,

We hold you close within our hearts, And there you shall remain, To walk with us throughout our lives, Until we meet again.

But though it is sad to think about, The way things were before, When we are reunited, It will be forever more.

Sadly missed and forever in the hearts of your loving family.

Sadly Missed by his wife Peg

Anniversary Mass on Monday the 18th of March at 9.30am in the Church of the Resurrection.

Anniversary Mass on 16th March at 6.15pm in St Mary’s Cathedral.



In loving memory of Nancy Coakley, Park Drive Killarney, Who died on the 19th of March 2011.

Thinking of you with love All your family.


In loving memory of Tim Kelly, Acturus Heights, Ardaneanig, Killarney, Who died on the 18th March 2014. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. Forever loved and remembered everyday By your wife Mary, Sons Donal, Tadhg and Karol. Daughters Karen & Aisling. Daughters in law, sons in law and grandchildren Caoimhe, Eoghan, Doireann , Eamon, Colm, Daniel, Carolena, Fionn, Dara, Ollie & Cuan.

5TH ANNIVERSARY O’RIORDAN In loving memory of my dear Mother Mary McGillycuddy, Who died on March 16th 1985, Late of High Street and Muckross Road, also my Dad, brother Gerard, my sisters Colette, Maureen, Kathleen and Chriss. In loving memory of a dear Uncle Dan O’Riordan, 2 Hogan’s Lane, Killarney, Who passed away on 19th March 2014.

You always had a smile to share, Time to give and time to care, Your loving nature, your heart of gold, Precious memories we are proud to hold.

Somewhere beyond the sunset, Where loved ones never die, You sleep in a beautiful garden, Beneath a golden sky.

Happy memories we keep forever, Of days when we were all together, Time goes by, life goes on, We will always have memories, To cherish and hold.

Fondly remembered by niece Carol, Michael and family. xx

Anniversary Mass will be held in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 16th March at 6.15pm.

In God’s care you rest above, In our heart’s you rest with love, Never more than a thought away, Loved and remembered everyday.

In loving memory of Daniel Riordan, 2 Hogan’s Place, Killarney, Who died on 19th March 2014.

Though heaven and earth divide us, We are never far apart, For you are always in our thoughts and forever in my heart.

Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us everyday, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed, still very dear. Sadly missed by his Wife Bridget, daughter Linda, sons John, Ger, Kevin, Paul & Padraig, daughters-in-law Olive, Niamh, Jessica and all your grandchildren.

Forever missed, never forgotten by your heartbroken wife Eileen, daughters Maura, Geraldine, grandson Harry and Patrick and John.


“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” Anniversary Mass for Carmel and for her sister Marie and Mom Margaret will be celebrated on Wednesday March 20th at the Church of the Resurrection in Park Road at 9.30am.

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly In death we do the same.

Thank you for the years we shared. May they rest in peace. Sadly missed and always remembered by your loving son John, daughter-inlaw Brid, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. R.I.P.


In loving memory of Mary O’Sullivan, Late of Rockfield, Tralee Road Killarney Who died on the 15th of March 2011. Time passes by, life goes on It’s not the same now you are gone. But we think about you everyday, And in our hearts you will always stay. Sadly missed and always remembered fondly by your loving husband Christy, daughters Joan and Catherine, sons in law Denis and Thomas, and grandchildren Denise, Aileen, Christopher, Ivan, Rachael and Evan.


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In loving memory of Mary O’Connell, Late of O’Kelly’s Villas, Killarney. Who died on the 20th of March 2018. One year has passed since that sad day, When Mary we loved was called away, God took her home, it was His will, But in our hearts she liveth still. On the occasion of Mary’s First Anniversary, we the family wish to thank all those who sympathised with us on our sad loss. Our sincere thanks to everyone who called to our home, attended the removal and requiem Mass and those who sent Mass cards, floral tributes and letters of sympathy. In particular we wish to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Annagh Ward, University Hospital Kerry. Thank you to Fr Niall Howard and the Cathedral Choir for the lovely funeral Mass. To the management and staff at O’Shea’s funeral home for their kindness and professionalism. We wish to thank our wonderful friends and neighbours who helped us and continue to support us. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our gratitude and appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions. Mary’s First Anniversary Mass will be celebrated at St.Mary’s Cathedral on Friday the 22nd of March at 6.15pm.


Gone from our home that smiling face, The cheerful pleasant ways, The heart that won so many friends, In bygone Happy Days, Your gentle face and patient smile, With sadness we recall, You had a kindly word for each, And died beloved by all. God gave us the strength to bear it, And courage to fight the blow, What it has meant to lose you, God alone will never know. Sadly missed by your loving husband Pat & family.

In loving memory of Tom Moloney, Clash Lissivigeen, Killarney, Who died on the 21st of March 2013. In God’s care you rest above, In our heart’s you rest with love, Never more than a thought away, Loved and remembered everyday. Sadly missed by his loving daughter Patricia, son-in-law Pat, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rest in peace Dad xx


Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this special one, (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. M.M

Treasured memories of our dear parents Michael and Nora Moriarty, Late of Cahir, Aghadoe, Killarney, Whose anniversaries occur at this time. Lovingly remembered. Loving parents now at rest, For each of us they did their best, Their love was great, Their hearts were kind, Such beautiful memories, They left behind. So sadly missed by your loving daughters at home and abroad, Marian, Maudy, Patricia and Noreen. Anniversary Mass Friday 22nd of March at 7.30pm in Prince of Peace Church Fossa.


In loving memory of Mai O’Brien, Rookery Road, Killarney, Who died on the 16th March 2015. We hold you close within our hearts And there you shall remain To walk with us throughout our lives Until we meet again So rest in peace dear loved one And thanks for all you’ve done We pray that God has given you The crown you’ve truly won Sadly missed and always remembered by your loving family. Ar Dhéis de go raibh a hanam dilis.


In loving memory of Thomas Moloney, Late of Clash, Lissivigeen, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Who died 21st March 2013.


Please God, forgive a silent tear A fervent wish that Dad was here There are others, yes I know But he was mine and I loved him so. Dear God, please take a message To my Father in Heaven above Tell him how much I miss him And give him all my love. Always loved and sadly missed by your Daughter Mary, Son-in-Law Danny, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren Anniversary Mass Thursday 21st March at 6.15p.m in St. Mary’s Cathedral.


In loving memory of Sheila O’Keeffe, Lissivigeen, Killarney, Who died on 16th March 2013.

In loving memory of our loving parents Julia and Denis O’Leary, Late of Knockdurath, Headford, Killarney, Whose anniversaries occurs on 24th and 3rd March. Deep are the memories, Precious they stay, No passing of time, Can take them away. They bring a smile, Sometimes a tear, But always a wish, That you were here. Fondly remembered by your daughters and sons, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In loving memory of our brothers Jack and James O’Shea, Late of St. Brendan’s Place, Killarney. Jack who died 18th March,1991, James who died 9th February 2018 (London) Treasured memories keep ye now, As time unfolds another year, Out of lives ye may be gone, But in our hearts ye still live on.

Anniversary Mass on Wednesday 20th of March at 7.30p.m. in the Church of Sacred Heart, Barradubh.



In loving memory of Sinead O’Driscoll, Who died on March 19th 2014. In God’s care you rest above, In our hearts you rest with love. Sadly missed and always loved by your mother Beth, sisters Caitriona, Aoife and brother Michael, Relatives and friends. Anniversary Mass on Saturday 16th of March at 6.15pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney.

It’s a wonderful journey Sheila, From the old world to the new, Someday I’ll take that journey, Just to be with you, And when I get to Heaven, Where all are free from pain, I’ll put my arms around you Sheila, And we’ll never part again. Sadly missed and always remembered by your loving husband Owen. Don’t cry for me, I’m not gone, My soul is at rest, my heart lives on, Light a candle for me to see, And hold onto my memory, Save your tears for I’m still here, By your side through the years. Always remembered by your loving family, John, Alice, Michael & Marie. Anniversary Mass on Saturday 16th of March at 7.30pm in the Church of the Resurrection.



Always remembered and missed by your brothers David, Dan, Brendan & sisters Mary, Julia and families. Josie, daughters and families. (London).

Anniversary Mass will be on Saturday the 16th March at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin at 7.30pm (Vigil Mass)





In loving memory of Nora Mc Sweeney Anablaha, Kilcummin, Killarney, Co Kerry. Who Died 16th March 2016


In loving memory of Donal O’Donoghue, Gortacooish Glenflesk, Who died on the 16th March 1980. Tough we need to weep your loss, You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, Where no storm or night or pain can reach you, Let us not look for you, only in memory, Where we would grow lonely without you, You would want us to find you in presence, Beside us when beauty brightens, when kindness grows, And music echoes eternal tones. Loved and never forgotten by Con, Marian, Bridget, Helen, Donal P., daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and relations.

In loving memory of our beloved son Denis O’Sullivan, 56 Pinewood Estate Killarney, Who died on 7th March 2017. Today is such a painful day, Full of sadness and grief for us, As we mourn the moment that you left, Recalling how life used to be. You were someone very special, Who left your mark on so many lives, Things just haven’t been the same, Since we said goodbye. The bond we shared will never end, Even though we are apart, We find comfort in the memories, Deep within our hearts. This heartfelt message is for you, We miss you more than words can say, The world lost someone precious, On the day you went away. Always loved and forever missed By your Mom and Dad xx

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In loving memory of Peggy O’Shea, Pike Hill, Ballycasheen & Falshéa House, Tralee Road, Killarney, Who died on March 11th, 2016.

In loving memory of our dear mother Norrie Moriarty, Late of Gortagullane, Muckross, Killarney, Who died on the 13th March, 1986.

In loving memory of Paddy O’ Leary, Late of Gortagohoonig, Muckross, Who died on the 19th of March 2007.


In loving memory of Nancy O’Leary, Late of Dooneen, Kilcummin, Who passed away on 14th March 2018. On the occasion of Nancy’s first anniversary her family would like to thank most sincerely all who sympathised with us on our loss. Our heartfelt thanks to the extended family and friends who reached out to us in various and very individual ways during our loss. Many thanks to all who provided food and refreshments during the funeral days and beyond. To all those who sent mass cards, floral tributes text messages and phone calls and to all of you who took time out to be with us - for this we are very appreciative. To those wonderful carers whom Nancy came to know and rely on: Joan, Catherine and Sheila Ann. Your care kindness and deep sensitivity never ceased to uplift us and guide us along on many days and to our beloved cousin Teeny whose weekly visits to mom over the years never wavered - your support and care were and are much appreciated. To all her friends and neighbours in the community who rallied round her since dad passed fourteen years ago. Your unwavering loyalty in those weekly visits and phone calls will always remain with us. To O’Shea’s Funeral Directors - many thanks for your support, expertise and direction in orchestrating the funeral arrangements with such professionalism and dignity. Fr. Eamonn, many thanks for your visits and consoling words during the funeral mass where you directed the homily to her 21 grandchildren and great grandchildren - it was very much appreciated by each and every one of them. To Helen and Denis for your meaningful church music and hymns many thanks. To O’Sullivan’s pharmacy for your welcoming approach to mom over the years during her many visits and to us on her behalf when she could no longer attend, we are very grateful. To the Killarney Court who facilitated the funeral lunch many thanks As it is impossible to thank everyone individually please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our heartfelt appreciation. The holy sacrifice of the mass will be offered for your intentions. As she went her way homeward With one star awake. As the swan in the evening. Moves over the lake.

As each day dawns I think of you, As each night falls I pray for you. A loving nature, a heart of gold, The very best this world could hold. Never selfish, always kind; These are the memories you left behind. A silent thought, a quiet prayer For a special person in Gods care.

So now you have found another home, So safe and sound where angels roam Some day you’ll meet us at the door And we’ll talk again and laugh some more.

Deeply missed & lovingly remembered every day Your daughter, Sheila

Always loved and remembered by your loving family.

Nana, With the gifts of years comes the treasure of knowing that there are many who love you dearly. The memories you made with us will last forever. The tenderness you shared with us will never fade. The most wonderful gift you could ever give is the special part of you that now lives in each one of us. The truth your love has taught us can only be strengthened by the gift of time. For where roots grow deep, memories grow forever. Forever loved & remembered every day Claire & Stephen, Maria & John & Rosemary Sending hugs, kisses & sweet dreams wishes Oisín, Ellie, Lily & Mark. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, March 10th at 10.30am in St. Mary’s Cathedral

On her soul sweet Jesus have mercy.

Anniversary Mass in Muckross Church 9.30am on Sunday the 24th of March.


In loving memory of Mick Walsh, Fossa, Killarney, Who died on the 20th of March, 2016 R.I.P. We still feel you are around us, You are always on our minds, And when we talk about you, It’s always about happy times. Always remembered and sadly missed by your sons Liam, Philip, Michael, Patrick, Donal, daughters-in-law Betty, Helen and Davina and grandchildren Brian, Colm, Michelle and Danielle xxx Anniversary mass was held on March 3rd.

NOVENA TO ST. ANTHONY O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for his creatures made you worthy when on earth to possess miraculous powers. Miracles awaited on your word which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought I implore you to obtain for me my request (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even though you are the Saint of Miracles, O gentle and loving St. Anthony whose heart was ever full of human sympathy. Whisper my petition into the ear of the sweet infant Jesus who loved to be held in your arms and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Promise publication. D.G

NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT O Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goal. You gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances of my life you are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things you have given me as you confirm once again that I never wanted to be separated from you in spite of all material illusions. I wish to be with you in Eternal Glory. Thank you for mercy towards me and mine. This prayer must be said for three days, after three days the favour will be granted. DG

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Silent memories keep you near, As time unfolds another year, Out of our lives you may be gone, But in our hearts you still live on. Sadly missed by Charlie, Sheila, Charles Junior and Robert.

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this special one, (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. M.H.

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this special one, (mention favour). Take it dear heart of Jesus and place it within your heart where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour not mine. Amen. Say this prayer three times for three days and your favour will be granted. Never known to fail. Must promise publication of prayer. M.R.H.

PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN MARY O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me herein you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. Amen. This prayer must be said for three days and after that the request will be granted and the prayer must be published. Thank you for favours received. M.R.W






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The long road to Croke Park By Adam Moynihan |

The road to Croke Park is ridiculously long for club teams. Sunday’s clash between Dr Crokes and Corofin will be the final act in a season that effectively started 14 months ago. And, psychologically speaking, the journey to this decisive match began even further back than that for the Lewis Road club. It really all started on the 26th of November 2017.

Defender Gavin White has played a key role in Dr Crokes' journey to the All-Ireland final. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

That was the day that Cork side Nemo Rangers shocked the GAA world by bringing to an abrupt end Crokes’ dream of retaining their All-Ireland title. Defeats like that, when you just don’t turn up, lead to a lot of soul-searching and at the time Pat O’Shea’s players could be forgiven for allowing some self-doubt to creep into their psyche. As successful as the club had been in Kerry and Munster, particularly since the turn of the century, it took them 25 years to finally get over that line and win their second All-Ireland in 2017. Who was to say that it wouldn’t take another five, or 10, or even 25 years to get back there again? Certain older players might have considered leaving on a high after that victory over Slaughtneil. Had they made a mistake by staying on? And was now the right time to call it a day? Crokes had an uncomfortably long winter to ruminate on these questions and plenty of rivals hoped against hope that Nemo had exposed a chink in their armour. No one was saying it too loudly but maybe the top club in Kerry were a little bit vulnerable heading into the 2018 season. If Nemo can outplay them like that, why not Dingle, or South Kerry, or Legion, or Rahilly’s?


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The season got off to an inauspicious start for the Crokes when they drew 0-9 to 0-9 with Glenbeigh in the opening round of the County League but they went on a rampage thereafter, winning the Club Championship and powering their way to the top Division 1 with string of comprehensive victories. By the time the County Championship rolled around, Dr Crokes were overwhelming favourites to retain the competition. A few eyebrows were raised, however, when they came mightily close to a Round 1 defeat to rank outsiders St Kieran’s in Killarney. The Black and Amber trailed by four points as the game entered the final quarter but they rallied to register eight of the final 10 scores to break the visitors’ hearts. All appeared to be back to normal in Round 2 when they held a commanding nine-point lead over Kerins O’Rahilly’s but what happened next threatened to throw their entire season into disarray. Rahilly’s came out of nowhere to score 3-4 in the last 10 minutes and send shockwaves around the county. Crokes weren’t out – they had the safety net of the losers’ round to fall back on – but could they recover from such a traumatic collapse? Seven days later, they delivered an answer in emphatic fashion. The Killarney side racked up a whopping 3-28 against 14-man An Ghaeltacht in the Park as Tony Brosnan grabbed national headlines by scoring 1-14 (1-10 from play) with zero wides. The holders were equally dominant in the quarters, defeating crosstown rivals Legion with plenty to spare, and two weeks later they got some revenge

when they defeated Rahilly’s by nine points in Tralee. In the final against Dingle, a late Gavin White goal sealed another Kerry SFC crown for the Crokes, their seventh since 2010, and by this stage they were really rolling.


You can only beat what’s put in front of you but for the Crokes, the 2018 Munster title came just about as easily as a provincial title can come. The Kerry champions defeated Moyle Rovers (Tipperary), St Finbarr’s (Cork) and St Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay (Clare) by an average winning margin of 15.3 points to secure their spot in the All-Ireland semi-final against the champions of Leinster. Kilmacud of Dublin were expected to advance from that particular side of the draw but plucky Mullinalaghta had other ideas, becoming the first club from Longford to win Leinster with an emotional two-point win in Tullamore. The whole country was caught up in the Mullinalaghta fairytale and for a brief period in the first half of the semi-final, it appeared as though the Crokes were about to get caught up in it too. In fairness to the Munster champs, they weathered a stormy first half before finding their feet in the second, thanks in part to the excellent David Shaw who filled in for Johnny Buckley in midfield. Buckley was controversially red-carded in the 21st minute but that decision was subsequently overturned at a hearing, clearing him to play in the All-Ireland final on St Patrick’s Day.

Corofin’s unquestionable pedigree has them slight favourites with the bookies and I must admit, I’ve been really impressed with them every time I’ve seen them play. Daithí Casey will be hoping to have a big game at midfield. Pic: Paudie Healy.


So all of that has led us to Sunday and the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Final in Croke Park. Dr Crokes’ opponents are holders Corofin from Galway who will be appearing in their third final in four years. That unquestionable pedigree has them slight favourites with the bookies and I must admit, I’ve been really impressed with them every time I’ve seen them play. They adopt a fairly positive approach and in Ian Burke and Gary Sice they have two really clever and creative forwards who can cause problems for any defence in the country. When you consider that Crokes’ defensive frailties have been well documented in recent times, you can certainly see a player of Burke’s calibre getting some joy in the (apocryphal) wide open spaces of Croke Park. I do, however, think that the Crokes have the better forwards overall and I would be surprised if they didn’t post another decent score between them on Sunday. In the full forward line, Tony Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary and David Shaw have been in serious form and further out the field, I thought Brian Looney and Gavin O’Shea had really impressive semi-finals. I think it’s fair to say that Micheál Burns wasn’t quite at his electrifying best last time out but there’s no denying that he has become a very important player over the past year or


two, and he certainly has the potential to play a key role in the final. There’s a strong likelihood that the midfield battle will prove decisive. Daithí Casey and Johnny Buckley are undoubtedly two of Dr Crokes’ most influential players and if they can get the upper hand around the middle third and get a steady supply of possession into the hands Brosnan, Leary and Shaw, Crokes will have a great chance of emerging victorious. Prediction: Dr Crokes by one.


2 John Payne, 3 Michael Moloney, 4 Fionn Fitzgerald, 5 David O’Leary, 6 Gavin White, 7 Shane Doolan, 8 Johnny Buckley, 9 Daithí Casey, 10 Micheál Burns, 11 Gavin O'Shea, 12 Brian Looney, 13 David Shaw, 14 Kieran O'Leary, 15 Tony Brosnan. Subs (predicted): Michael Potts, Alan O'Sullivan, Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan and Jordan Kiely.


Cathal Silke, 3 Kieran Fitzgerald, 4 Liam Silke, 5 Kieran Molloy, 6 Dylan McHugh, 7 Dylan Wall, 8 Daithí Burke, 9 Ronan Steede, 10 Gary Sice, 11 Mike Farragher, 12 Jason Leonard, 13 Martin Farragher, 14 Ian Burke, 15 Micheál Lundy. Subs (predicted): Gavin Burke, Colin Brady, Conor Cunningham, Ciarán McGrath and Dylan Canney.



Dr Crokes v Corofin Sunday at 3.45pm Croke Park


15.03.2019 | By Eamonn Fitzgerald



The Crokes must give it everything It’s the place to be for any senior club: Croke Park on All-Ireland final day, vying for the much-coveted Andy Merrigan Cup. Dr Crokes are there on merit, as shown by their determination and heroics all the way through the qualifying matches in Kerry and in Munster. They brushed all opposition aside on their way to Sunday’s final, but they had to pull out all the stops in the semi-final before dispatching of Mullinalaghta by 0-18 to 2-7. That was a real test of character as they were reduced to 14 players from the 16th minute when Johnny Buckley was issued a straight red card, which was later lifted on appeal to the CCC of the GAA. The youthful David Shaw was moved to midfield to lessen the load on Daithí Casey and he played a blinder. Crokes were two points in arrears at the time and it took a lot of heart and determination for the Crokes to stay in the game. They went three points down and that was ominous, but they hit five without reply to go ahead by 11 points to 2-3 at half time. Remember they conceded two goals in the first half and they have been working on that deficiency in training for the final. The high ball into the square caused them all kinds of problems.

the gaps that emerged when you had to play most of the game with 14 men was one of the reasons why he was in contention for Man of the Match against Mullinalaghta. Micheál Burns scored just one point and had a poor game by the standards of a man from the Kerry panel. Gavin O’Shea’s role in the forwards is to act as provider of opportunities for his fellow forwards and he is usually called ashore at the three-quarter stage to make way for impact sub Colm Cooper. I feel that the latter should come in earlier and play at corner forward, close to goal where the Corofin backs would be very nervous to have such a proven star in the dangerous scoring zone. The versatile Shaw could operate from the centre forward position. Crokes have a very strong bench which is vital in the modern game so the selectors have great options. On any particular day any player can get injured or be playing poorly. Pat O’Shea and his fellow selectors must use that bench as early as is necessary.


I expect Crokes to win the midfield battle and provide the possession for the lethal forward line. Casey and Buckley are very experienced and should hold sway in this vital department. The Croke defence can be breached and they are vulnerable under the dropping ball in front of the square. That was obvious in their last game when they conceded two goals and it could have been more only for the athleticism of goalkeeper Shane Murphy, who can play himself on to the Kerry panel with a solid game in this final. Fionn Fitzgerald played very well last time out, particularly in the second half when he forced four vital turnovers. Mike Moloney had a tough time in that semi-final, but he has shown that he is a man for the big day and you don’t get any bigger occasion than the All-Ireland

The Crokes forwards were magnificent. Tony Brosnan was brilliant, coming in with six points. Four of these were from play. He does not look for the posts as he knows exactly where the black spot is. He wins possession and often with his back to the goal he sweeps the ball over the bar. I will be surprised if Peter Keane does not add him to the county panel. Kieran O’Leary is rejuvenated and scoring freely with that trusted ciotóg. He won the world of ball in the semi-final, feeding his fellow forwards and adding four points from play. David Shaw was a revelation filling in for Johnny Buckley at midfield and he was still able to kick three points from play. The vastly experienced Brian Looney has played many great games over the years. His defensive role in plugging



15.03.2019 final. Best of luck to Smiler in the test and to team captain John Payne who always plays well.


In the half back line Gavin White has been magnificent in the centre and has the pace to take the ball up-field when the opportunity arises. He is likely to be the Kerry senior captain after this game. He is flanked by Buddy O’Leary and Shane Doolan, whose primary role is one of defence, and they will come up against good Corofin half forwards on Sunday. A real danger here for Corofin is their top scorer Gary Sice. He scored a goal in their semi-final against Gaoth Dobhair and seven points from frees. Others to look out for are Ian Burke, Gavin Burke, and the Farraghers.


Corofin are the holders and favourites to win again this year, so Crokes face a tough battle. However, Crokes won it out in 2017 so this is the dream pairing. Crokes beat Corofin by double scores in the 2017 All-Ireland semi-final. They will be hoping for more of the same this time out but irrespective of how Corofin play, Crokes must be at their best, giving it everything, tightening up at the back, not conceding easy goals and the forwards must be as accurate as ever. If the defence can avoid conceding a goal, midfield and the forwards will be able to provide the match-winning scores. The two goals Corofin scored in the semi-final against Gaoth Dobhair proved vital, but they also conceded one goal. There is no place to hide poor displays in Croke Park. Only the best will do for John Payne to lift the cup. Good and all as Corofin are, Crokes can win this if they play to their full potential. They can join Kilcummin and Beaufort as All-Ireland Club Champions 2019. They have prepared very well and are very appreciative of the role of the ladies events committee in the club who have cooked a hot dinner for the team in the clubhouse for all of their training sessions.


Good news: I hear that the Crokes U12s will play Corofin in a short exhibition game at half time in the senior game. A huge crowd of supporters will travel on Sunday and the special train was sold out 10 days before the final. That special train departs from Killarney on Sunday morning at 8.25am, travelling to Connolly Station and returning from Connolly at 7.40pm. That return train is due in to Killarney at 10.40pm with the team on board and hopefully the Andy Merrigan Cup. Mike Buckley has laid on extra coaches for the many supporters who could not get a booking on the train.


David Clifford has been out of action since undergoing shoulder surgery in January but manager Peter Keane has confirmed that he’s in contention to play some part against Mayo on Saturday


Young Fossa forward David Clifford hasn't played for Kerry in 2019. Pic: Paudie Healy.

Sharpshooters in line for comeback | By Adam Moynihan

2018 Young Player of the Year David Clifford could make his long-awaited return for the Kerry seniors on Saturday night when Kerry host Mayo in Tralee. The Fossa sharpshooter has been out of action since undergoing shoulder surgery in January but manager Peter Keane has confirmed that Clifford is in contention to play some part in the crucial league tie against the team who currently occupy third place in Division 1 of the National Football League. Whether the 20-year-old will start or be called upon from the bench remains to be seen, but we will find out tonight when the team is named at approximately 9pm. The Kerry manager is hopeful that Killarney Legion star James O’Donoghue will also be available for selection this weekend after a frustrating period on the sidelines. The 2014 Footballer of the Year would certainly add some much-needed firepower to Kerry’s goal-shy offence; The Kingdom have netted just one goal in five outings to date, which is the worst record of any team in any division of the National League. Despite that troubling statistic, Kerry are still in pole position in Division 1 on the back of five consecutive wins and another two points this weekend would secure their spot in the league final on March 31. However, depending on results else-



Kerry v Mayo Saturday at 7pm Austin Stack Park where, defeat to Mayo could leave them in a perilous position heading into the final weekend of fixtures. If Kerry lose and Galway and Dublin win against Roscommon and Tyrone respectively, victory on the final day might be necessary to avoid a messy four-way tie. Kerry will play Roscommon away on March 24. The good news of Clifford and O’Donoghue’s imminent return was offset this week by the bad news that David Moran (tendonitis) and Paul Geaney (back) will be unavailable for the visit of Mayo and potentially the trip to Roscommon in a week’s time. To be fair to Jack Barry and co., they have fared well in midfield without Moran thus far and Paul Geaney hasn’t really been firing on all cylinders so far this season but both Moran and Geaney are experienced heads. Keane will be eager to have both ready for the league final (if Kerry get there) and, of course, the championship.


The Kerry bainisteoir also revealed this week that Jack Barry (Na Gaeil), Dara Moynihan (Spa) and Seán O’Shea (Kenmare) are fully fit after all three were notable absentees from their clubs’ County League openers last weekend. Speculation had it that they might have been injured but it turned out that Kerry witheld the trio from club action due to the amount football they have played for

college and county already this year. While you can see where Keane is coming from, keeping players from certain clubs and releasing players from other clubs is bound to cause some friction. Look at Moynihan’s case. His club, Spa, had to head down to Gallarus to face An Ghaeltacht – always a tough fixture – without the services of arguably their best player. Meanwhile, An Ghaeltacht had the luxury of calling on Kerry players Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Tomás Ó Sé (both of whom played well by all accounts), and Spa ended up losing the game well. Division 1 is a tough league and any team who loses their first game are immediately playing catch up. You can understand Keane’s predicament and maybe Moynihan, O’Shea and Barry have indeed played too much football, but if I was in that Spa dressing room the last day I’d be fairly pissed off. I have no doubt that the players in question would much rather take to the field with their clubmates as well, regardless of their physical condition, especially when the vast majority of their intercounty teammates were given permission to tog out. Would it not have been fairer if Kerry pulled all of their players the last day, instead of just the ones who needed a break? Realisitically none of those county guys are going to play another County League game this year anyway, so why let them play in the opening round? If Spa end up missing out on a final, or survival, by a point or two come the end of the summer, I’m sure they’ll be asking the very same questions.



Mark Greene scored 29 points in his last home outing.



Scotts Lakers v Sligo All-Stars Saturday at 7.30pm Killarney Sports Centre


The Lakers will be looking to American point guard Seán O'Brien to help lead them to victory. Pic: Eamonn Keogh.

Lakers host playoff hopefuls Sligo in final home game | By Adam Moynihan

Your Scotts Lakers play their 24th and final game of the 2018/19 regular season on Saturday night and with a playoff berth already guaranteed, they can rest assured knowing that the hard work is done. For now. The Lakers have their biggest match of the year the following Saturday when they face DBS Éanna in the semi-final of the playoffs, with the winner advancing to Division 1 final in WIT on Sunday. The winners of that decider will gain automatic promotion to the Super League while the runners-up will have the option of a playoff with the second-lowest ranked team in the top tier. There’s no doubting that the Killarney side are outsiders at this moment in

time but the prospect of Super League basketball is a mighty big carrot for the club to go above and beyond and cause an upset. When you look at it in the simplest terms, the Lakers are two wins away from returning to the highest level of Irish basketball. As impressive as they have been this season, there’s no guaranteeing that they’ll be in the same position 12 months down the line. Éanna will be an extremely tough proposition - they beat the Lakers by 16 points


on February 23 – but Cormac O’Donoghue’s side rightly believe that on their day they have the potential to beat anyone. Before that big showdown in Dublin, Paul’s have this home game against Sligo to worry about and while it may not mean much to the hosts, it certainly holds major significance for the opposition. Heading into the final round of fixtures, Sligo are currently joint second with the Dublin Lions in the Northern Conference with an identical record of 16-6. The sides split the season series but the Dubliners lead by virtue of their superior points difference in those two games against Sligo (Sligo 80-77 Dublin Lions, Dublin Lions 110-100 Sligo), so victory over the Limerick Celtics on Saturday will secure second.

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*if they advance, LC = League Cup Strangely enough, the Lions game is tipping off at 6pm in Limerick, an hour and a half before the Sligo game, so the Lakers’ opponents will know exactly where they stand by the time the match in Killarney begins. Although this is the final home league game of the season, local basketball fans will have the opportunity to see the Lakers in action at least one more time at the Auracle. The end of season League Cup competition gets underway on March 30/31 and the Lakers will host the seventh seed team in the north, LYIT Donegal, in Round 1. If they win, they will also have home advantage in the quarters, against IT Carlow or Ulster University, on April 6/7. The semis and the final will be played in Dublin the following weekend, on April 13/14.


















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Killarney native Jordan Lee was born with one hand but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his sporting dreams. In 2018, the high jumper won a bronze medal for Ireland in the Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin. Adam Moynihan sat down with the talented para athlete this week to discuss his goals for 2019, his Paralympic prospects and some of his favourite things. Hi Jordan. How is training going?

selected for the Worlds.

It’s going well. I’m training five to six times a week so it’s a fairly hefty load, but I have a great team at my side in my coach Tomás Grifin and assistant coach PJ Galvin. We like to call ourselves The Jumper’s Tribe, the #menonamission team, and we’re going really hard at the moment. We’re looking forward to the outdoor season, which is coming in the next month or two.

How would you rate your chances of being selected for the 2020 Paralympics?

You recently secured direct funding from Sport Ireland. How important is that for your career? Yeah I’m delighted. That’s going to help me in many different ways. For example, when I have competitions up and down the country, the funding will help pay for travel expenses. I train at the track twice a week so it will help pay for that too, as well as any gear or high jump equipment that I need. If we choose to go on our own training camp, we can also use the funding towards that. Becoming a funded athlete is great and it’s definitely going to further my development as a high jumper. What are your goals for the rest of the year? The main goal is to hopefully get selected and qualify for the World Championships in Dubai in November. That’s my main focus. In terms of my jumps, I just need to keep performing the way I’m performing, keep trying to raise the bar each time, impress the coaches, and then hopefully get

It’s still very early days yet. The Paralympics aren’t on for another year and a half so you can’t really say. I would like to think that I have a decent chance but you can never be certain, you can never take anything for granted. The best thing to do is just continue raising the bar every time I go out training and competing. Do you ever feel discriminated against because of your disability? I don’t. Not anymore. When I was younger and I played basketball, I did. I used to get discriminated against quite a lot. Nowadays I don’t to be honest. A lot of people know who I am and they respect what I’m doing, which is a great feeling. And it’s only right because I believe it doesn’t matter if you’ve got one hand or if you have one leg, or if you’re any bit different to anyone else. We all deserve to be treated the same. Who has been the biggest influence on your career so far? That’s a tough question. I’ve only been doing the high jump for a year and a half, so it’s actually still kind of new and I’m still learning things every day. I would say my coach Tomás has had the biggest influence on me. Without him and PJ, I wouldn’t be the jumper that I am today to be honest with you.


What’s your proudest sporting moment? Obviously winning a bronze in the European Championships was a great moment for me and for my family, and also for my coaches and the team. But I actually didn’t jump particularly well. I only jumped 1.75m, which at the time was 9cm off my personal best. So to be honest with you I was a little bit down about that, even though I was after winning a medal. I would say that my proudest moment to date was winning a bronze medal at the National Junior Championships (under 20) in January. I jumped a new PB of 1.90m in an able-bodied competition. To put that into context, that’s the equivalent of jumping 8cm over my own head. I’m currently ranked 7th in Ireland in the high jump in able-bodied competition, and I’m also ranked number 1 in the world in the para rankings. So I’m really happy with how my season has started out. What’s your most embarrassing sporting moment? When I was 16 I had my first international competition with the Paralympic team in Berlin. I finished fourth out of four people, so it wasn’t great. I jumped 1.55m, which was really, really bad. If you had to compare yourself to another athlete, who would it be?

I actually wouldn’t compare myself to any other athlete. You see people when

they’re younger and they want to be like Ronaldo or they want to be like Gooch, but I don’t try to be like anyone else. I try to be my own person. There aren’t really a lot of athletes out there like me, which I think is a good thing. I want to try and inspire other people, and you can’t do that by pretending to be somebody else. Do you have any superstitions? I don’t really. The night before a big competition I always say a prayer to myself and pray that everything’s going to go well but other than that, I don’t have any superstitions. Is there an app on your phone that you couldn’t live without? There is. I love Instagram. I wouldn’t be able to delete the app off my phone if I’m being honest with you. What’s your most used emoji? It would probably be the prayer sign. I can’t do it properly for you right now! But it’s a nice mark of respect. What sort of music do you listen to? I listen to all sorts of music but my main genre would definitely be rap. Whenever I’m trying to pump myself up before a competition, I listen to rap music. What would you sing at karaoke? Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen. It’s a cracker of a tune to be fair. What’s the last show you binge watched? The Punisher on Netflix. Great show. And last one… What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Never give up. It’s fairly straightforward and straight to the point but I’m a firm believer that you 100% need to believe in yourself and in your abilities to achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve. To do that, there’s only one thing you need to do and that’s keep going. Don’t be listening to what other people say. You do whatever it is you want to do.





Busy times for Nagle Local codriver Paul Nagle has a busy few weeks ahead as he plans on contesting rallies in Ireland and Italy on back-to-back weekends.

This famous Subaru is a triple Killarney winner. This year there will be a Kerry man at the wheel.

Hat-trick Subaru to return to the Rally of the Lakes A car that has won the Rally of the Lakes on three occasions in the past is set to return to the rally this year in the hands of a Kerry driver. | By Sean Moriarty The Subaru Impreza World Rally Car – registration number MC54WRC – was originally built by the legendary Prodrive team in England for 2003 world champion Petter Solberg. The Norwegian used in that year’s Argentine and Japanese rounds of the world championships before the car was sold to Ireland in early 2006. Meath-based driver Tim McNulty drove the car to victory on that year’s Circuit of Kerry in April, the last time that rally was based in Dingle. A month later he added his first of two Rally of the Lakes wins. The car changed hands several times after that before Cork-based Darragh O’Riordan used it to win the 2010 Rally of the Lakes – the car’s third victory on the rally. Again, it passed through several owners, mainly in Britain, until London-based Listowel man Ray Hilliard purchased it in January this year.

The traditional St Patrick’s weekend West Cork Rally gets underway tomorrow from Clonakilty where Nagle and his driver Craig Breen are the second seeds in their Ford Fiesta R5. The West Cork Rally is round two of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and Breen and Nagle are the current leaders following victory on last month’s Galway International Rally. The following weekend the Kerry/ Waterford pairing will contest the first round of the Italian rally championship in a Skoda Fabia R5. Breen has secured a deal with Swiss team Metior Sport to contest the eight-round Italian series.

Killarney co-driver Noel O’Sullivan, alongside Derry man Connor McCloskey were the early leaders of Saturday’s Malcolm Wilson Rally in their Ford Fiesta R5 but were forced to retire at the end of stage three. The rally was based in the town of Cockermouth, home of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team and, not far from Kendal, one of Killarney’s twin-towns.

Buckley in West Cork Rally Local codriver Shane Buckley, from Listry, will contest this weekend’s West Cork Rally alongside English rally legend Phil Collins in a Ford Escort Mk2. Buckley, currently based in London has won several local rallies but this is his first time partnering Collins. Collins is no stranger to Killarney, he first came to the Rally of the Lakes in 1979 and between the May event and the Historic Rally in December, he has rarely missed an annual trip


Celts officially end Blues’ title dreams PREMIER A ____________________________________________________________

Killarney Athletic 0 | Killarney Celtic 3 WOODLAWN Killarney Celtic had a comfortable 3-0 win over bitter rivals Killarney Athletic on Sunday, a result which means that the Blues are now mathematically out of the running for a place in the 2018/19 league final. Tricky forward Stephen McCarthy

bagged a brace for the Hoops and Lee Downing also chipped in with a goal as Brian Spillane’s side secured a satisfying derby win in Woodlawn. The victory leaves Celtic even further ahead of the chasing pack in the Denny Premier A; the reigning champions are now on 37 points, seven points clear of

Their season will be begin with next weekend’s Rallye del Ciocco, based about 100kms southwest of Modena, the home of Ferrari, and will continue until the Tuscan Rewind Rally on November 24.

MOTORSPORT BRIEFS... Malcolm Wilson Rally Cumbria

He has loaned the car to fellow North Kerry man Mike Quinn for next month’s Rose Hotel Circuit of Kerry in Tralee. Quinn, a former Kerry Winter Rally winner has been given the chance to win his home national rally while at the same time ironing out any issues with the car ahead Hilliard’s appearance in Killarney in May. Speaking at last weekend’s Circuit of Kerry launch at the Rose Hotel, Quinn said: “I am very excited and looking forward to the rally. I have never driven a fourwheel-drive car, not even as a road car. The first time I drove the car was to take it off the trailer and drive it to the door of the hotel. I am hoping for a test before the rally. Ray is a good friend of mine and I am delighted to be given the chance to drive it before he does in Killarney – and show him how to drive it.”

Local codriver Paul Nagle with his son Fitz.

second place Castleisland and 12 ahead of third place Listowel. As always, the top two will qualify for the league final at the end of the season. Celtic have just one game remaining and although the chasing pack have games in hand, their healthy advantage means that they won’t be caught. Athletic’s focus now turns to the Greyhound Bar KO Cup. After defeating Abbeydorney in the first round, they will face Asdee at home on Monday at 2pm. Stephen McCarthy scored twice for u the Hoops. Pic: Konrad Paprocki.

to Kerry. Bob Moran and Adam Power (Glenfelsk) start at 120 in a Ford Escort. Junior drivers representing Kerry on the two-day event include Kieran Reen/ Kevin Doherty in a Honda Civic but Conor Murphy / Keith McCarthy are a late withdrawal in their example.

Motorsport royalty in Killarney Irish rally legend Rosemary Smith was one of the guest speakers at an International Women’s Day celebration organised by the Kerry Businesswomen’s Network at the Muckross Park Hotel last Friday. Smith, from Dublin, was one of Europe’s most successful drivers in the 1960s and 1970s, including winning the prestigious Tulip Rally and the 1969 Cork "20" Rally. Smith has won the ladies' prize several times on both the Scottish Rally and the Circuit of Ireland Rally.




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Tomás Clifford scored Killarney's only try of the game. Pic: Mary McCarthy.

Killarney lads through to Munster semi-final U-16 MUNSTER CUP ____________________________________________________________

Killarney 7 | Carrick-On-Suir 5 CASTLEISLAND RUGBY CLUB A strong and imposing Carrick-onSuir team travelled to Castleisland to take on Killarney in this intense quarter-final encounter, which was played in atrocious weather conditions on Sunday last. Killarney played with the strong elements at their back in the first half and after some initial even exchanges launched a telling attack from their own half. Donnchadh Grealy broke the defensive line and Ozdenis Koyun continued the move before releasing fellow centre Tomás Clifford whose arching run outpaced the scrambling Carrick rear guard. The slotted conversion proved very im-

portant in the end. Killarney found it difficult to harness the elements and add to their advantage as primary possession was eluding them. Carrick totally dominated lineout exchanges and their large pack mopped up any isolated runners. A stop-start first half petered out in a hailstorm and the speed of the lads sprinting to the dressing room on the halftime whistle was commendable. It certainly looked at this stage that a seven-point lead would not be enough for victory. Now with the wind at their back, Carrick kicked long from the restart and following a well-worked lineout reversed a pass to their hulking prop Seán Mullarkey who crashed over in the

corner. The conversion missed narrowly. Enjoying the majority of possession, the visitors chased a lead but found a tough defensive line difficult to breach. Carrick put trust in their backs to finish and on several occasions came close, only to be denied by Pádraig Talbot, Liam Randles, Donnchadh Grealy, and Mikey Moriarty. Cleverly, Killarney slowed down the tempo, kicked low into the wind and ran any scrum wins up blindside avenues to gain yard and lift the siege. The pressure mounted even further when Killarney were reduced to 14 men for a second illegal tackle for the remaining minutes. Now camped in the 22, Carrick turned down opportunities to kick penalties and persevered in moving ball wide but were ultimately unable to unlock the home defence. One final knock-on brought joyous roars from the Killarney faithful who had braved the elements. After the game, Killarney thanked Castleisland RFC who made their facilities available on short notice and on this occasion a word of recognition for manager John O’Connell who managed to get the fixture played. Killarney now play in the semi-final in two weeks’ time against Waterford or Nenagh.


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Killarney Athletic RESULTS: Girls U16 - Athletic 0 Listowel 5. U15 Cup - Ballyhar 3 Athletic 3 AET (Athletic win 6-5 on penalties). U12 B Athletic B 5 Camp 2 (Szymon Jasinski 2, Brian McCarthy 2 and Cillian Coffey). Senior Prem A- Athletic 0 Killarney Celtic 3 Div 1 B - Athletic 3 Windmill United 0/ FIXTURES: (Saturday) U12 Prem - Athletic v Killarney Celtic (10.30am), U12 Div 2 Tralee Dynamos v Killarney Athletic (1.15pm). U14 Division 1 Athletic v Park B (noon, this game may be at 12.30pm to accommodate U16 game). U16 Div 1 - Athletic v Iveragh (11am). Girls U12 Div 1B MEK v Athletic (noon) FIXTURES: (Monday) Senior KO Cup Athletic v Asdee Rovers (2pm).

Killarney Celtic RESULTS: Prem A - Killarney Athletic 0 Celtic 3 (Stephen McCarthy 2, Lee Downing). Prem B - Celtic B 1 AC Athletic 0 (Lee Downing). U17 League - Tralee Dynamos 5 Celtic 3 (Adam May Keane 2, Jack Cooper). U15 Cup - Listowel Celtic 2 Celtic 0. U13 Div 1 Celtic B 2 Castleisland 5 (Cian Russell, Mark Daly). U12 Cup - Celtic A 2 MEK 1 (Odhran O'Shea, Oisin Fleming). Senior B - Fenit 1 Celtic B 8 (Sean O'Mahoney 3, Jake Downing, Ronan Fahy, Eoin Murphy, Pa O'Brien, Kevin Looney). LOTTO: Next jackpot €4,800.

Mastergeeha LOTTO: Next draw is Friday. Jackpot €8,000. RESULTS: U9 - Mastergeeha v Ballyhar. The boys played two games against our neighbours with lots of goals and good play on the day. U11 - Mastergeeha v Castleisland (Mastergeeha won 2/3 games). U12 Cup - Mastergeeha 6 Tralee Dynamos 1 (Seán Mc Aulliffe 2, Ronan McCarthy 2, Matthew Kennedy 2) U13 Div 1 - Mastergeeha 4 Inter Kenmare 2 (Jack Tangney 2, Kieran Nagle, Emmett Spillane). U15 - Castleisland 1 Mastergeeha 2 (Colin O’Leary 2).

MEK United NIGHT AT THE DOGS: Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Night at the Dogs fundraiser last Friday at the Kingdom Greyhound Racetrack in Tralee. The club were thrilled with the support and it was great to see so many families there on the night and especially all the kids in the club gear. Thanks to everyone for the support, to the stadium and to all at GMHD for asking us to be part of the night. FIXTURES: MEK v Mastergeeha (Saturday at 12). U14 MEK v Mastergeeha (Saturday at 1.30pm). Girls - Killarney Celtic Green v Mek Kickerz (Saturday at 2.30pm, away). Mek Starz v Killarney Athletic Sat at 12, astro).

15.03.2019 GOLF

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (Men’s) GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Very high winds added to difficulty of the first Golfer of the Year competition on Sunday, the Keane’s Singles Stableford on Mahony's Point. In spite of the extreme conditions, the scoring was impressive and Ian Cronin prevailed with a notable 38 points off 6 handicap. RESULTS: 1st Ian Cronin 38pts (06), 2nd Timothy J O'Brien 38pts (20), 3rd Con O'Mahony 37pts (23), 4th Michael Dennehy 36pts (21), 5th Niall O'Mara 36pts (08), Category 1 Alan Flynn 35pts (06), Category 2 Chris Twomey 36pts (10), Category 3 Daniel Glavin 36pts (12), Category 4 Andy Goulding 35pts (18). FIXTURES: Upcoming competitions include a club-sponsored Fourball Betterball on Killeen on March 17, followed by the Keane's mixed team of four on March 24, also on Killeen.

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (Ladies) RESULTS: March 10. 17-hole stableford sponsored by Lord Kenmare’s. 1st Ailish Mulcahy (8) 34pts, 2nd Margaret Campion (7) 33pts, B/G Kelly Brotherton 30pts, 4th Anne Moynihan (6) 32 pts (Last hole), 5th Ciara O¹ Mahony (12) 32pts FIXTURES: March 17 on Mahony’s Point. 18-hole V Par sponsored by The Sweater Shop.

Ross Golf Club (Men’s) RESULTS: March 9/10. Second round of the MD O'Shea Spring League with an Open SS competition sponsored by Mark Heinemann/Get Golfing. 1st John Cushkelly (14) 40, 2nd Jonathan Casey (11) 37, 3rd Jimmie Smith (12) 36. SPRING LEAGUE UPDATE: After two rounds of the MD O'Shea Spring League, the early pace is being set by Jonathan Casey's team and they are closely followed by Alan Flynn's team. FIXTURES: The third round of the MD O'Shea Spring League will be held on March 23/24 when we will hopefully have better weather conditions.

Beaufort Golf Club (Men’s) RESULTS: March 9/10. 16-hole stableford (yellow tees) sponsored by Gent's Branch. 1st James Jones (9) 35pts, 2nd President Pat Quill (18) 33pts FIXTURES: March 16/17. 18-hole stableford (white tees) sponsored by Gent's Branch.

Killorglin Golf Club (Men’s) SPRING LEAGUE: Results of the Spring League are as follows - 1st Team H 80pts (Pat Goulding 17, Shane Roche 20, Séamus Mannix 24, Shane Flynn 13). 2nd Team B 78pts (Bernie Cof-

fey 20, Eamon Courtney 17, John Joe Courtney 20, Pat Sheahan 17. RESULTS. February 24- March 9. 14hole Singles. 1st Donie Evans (17) 37pts, 2nd Jerry Sheehan (28) 33pts. Next weekend is a club-sponsored singles.


Killarney Valley AC JUVENILE: The Kerry Juvenile Development Sports Hall Games will take place on Saturday, March 23 in the Nagle Rice Community Hall in Milltown at 11am. This competition is for U9-12 athletes only. Anyone interested in competing should give their name to Jean before Wednesday, March 20. Our Fit for Life running continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm from Sem Hall. Walking group will remain on Wednesdays only, however all are welcome to join in the Strength & Conditioning session in the Sem Hall on Mondays at 7pm. Just bring water, a mat and €2 for the hall. TRAINING: Strength & Conditioning continues on Mondays at 7pm in the Sem for all members age 12 upwards. Bring a mat if you have one. Training for age 7-12 years continues on Thursdays at 6pm in the Sem. Please remember to bring €2 and water to all sessions. Please keep an eye on your email and check our Facebook page for any updated information.

Gneeveguilla AC LOTTO: Next week’s jackpot is €17,400 plus €1,000 bonus. ALL-IRELAND MASTERS: Held in Athlone on Sunday last, Shelia O’Donoghue O50 1st WOF, 2nd Shot; Eileen O’Riordan O45 1st WOF, 3rd shot; Annette O’Brien O45 1st High Jump. IRISH COLLEGES CROSS COUNTRY: Saoirse Tompkins had a great race in The Irish Colleges Cross Country held on Saturday last. RATHMORE 4K: Held on Saturday, another great success by the club. Many thanks to our working committee, the management and staff of The Bridge Bar and the astro turf for the use of the premises.


Muckross Rowing Club EVENTS: Due to the limited events and race categories available at this weekend's St Michael's HOR, the club has opted not to make the journey to Limerick. We are now eagerly looking forward to the start of the regatta season in April. The double header of Neptune and Commercial Regattas in Dublin will once again kick off the regatta season on the first weekend of April. The Schools Regatta will take place in Lough Rynn on Saturday, April 13 and closer to home, the Limerick Regatta

is set for Saturday, April 27. Coaches will be in contact with rowers regarding priority events that the club will be competing in. WEATHER: Once again, the weather prevented crews taking to the water last weekend in what has been one of the worst run of weekends for rowing training in many years. A big thanks to everyone who has patiently stuck with the gym sessions. Hopefully all the hard training will pay off when we make a return to the water. Perhaps some luck for St Patrick's Day!


Deerpark Pitch & Putt Club SUNDAY DRAWS: We managed to get two draws in on Sunday thankfully despite the weather and our Hole-In-One pot was claimed by Robbie O’Brien Snr as he aced our second hole with only the top of the pin to see looking up from the tee-box! FOURBALL BETTERBALL: First Nett Robbie O'Brien Snr & Eileen Switzer 37 ½, Gross - Ger Casey & John McGrath 46 and Second Nett - Sean Ashe & Darragh Moynihan 39½. ST PATRICK’S WEEKEND: Two days of competition on March 17/18 with the usual draw times of 9.15am and 11.15am. CLUB MATCHPLAY: First day scheduled for Sunday, March 24 with a draw for those present at 9.15am. Please ensure that you are a paid up and registered member of the club in advance of the draw. OVER 50: Results of March 6 event in Tralee. Two Ball Scramble. First Nett Dan O’Callaghan (Castleisland) & Roger Guthrie (Tralee) 38, Gross - Tony Blake (Tralee) and Robbie O’Brien Snr 45, Second Nett - John Murphy and Sean Ashe 42. MEMBERSHIP: Prices for 2019 remain the same. Single Adult €135, Family €240 (two adults and three children under 18), Juvenile/OAP €80, Associate (for members of other PPUI clubs) €120. Contact Sean on 086 0508686 or Colm on 087 7673742 for more info.

Killarney Swimming Club GALA: Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Munster Development 2 Gala in Tralee recently with fine performances all round. Girls U12 ­Jocelyn Hickey put on a class show, winning a trio of silvers in the 100 IM, the 200 freestyle, and the 100 freestyle. Girls U13 ­Faye O¹Neill took a stunning gold in the 200 freestyle while Sarah McAuliffe won silver in the difficult 100 breaststroke. Boys U13­ Peter O¹Doherty set the place alight with a gold in the 100 IM while Ian Coffey won silver in an exceptionally fast 200 IM. Girls U14 ­Alison Butler won a lovely bronze medal in the 100 butterfly. Boys U15 ­Nathan O’Connor won silver in the 100 butterfly while Ross


15.03.2019 O’Leary won three bronzes for Killarney in the 200 and 100 IM and the 100 freestyle. Girls U16 ­Molly Whelan took a great silver in the 200 freestyle while Marnie Horan won a precious bronze in the 100 breaststroke. Thanks to our coach, John Edwards, and our Team Manager, Tony Whelan, and to all parents for travelling and taking part in timekeeping.

Killarney Rugby ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: This Sunday our minis will march in this years St Patrick’s Day parade. We will meet at the starting point on Mission Road at 1pm. For further details contact Minis Coordinator Liam Murphy on 087 4145662. SPLIT THE BUCKET: Congratulations to our 5th winner Richard Fogarty who has won €416 from his ticket in Husseys Bar, High Street. The bar staff have won €92 for their efforts of promoting. Congratulations to all! Best of luck to everyone in next week's draw from Hussey’s Bar. Just €2 per entry and guaranteed winners every week.

Killarney Salmon & Trout Angling Club ENTRIES: Munster Lake Entries are now open and can any interested member pleasecontact club secretary soonest as we need to get all entries back by Wednesday, March 27. The competition will be fished on Lough Lein on Sunday, May 12 commencing at Ross Castle at 10am and finishing at 5pm with boats ashore. A new departure this year is a move to offer competitors finger food and presentation of prizes at the Kerry Way instead of a full meal as traditionally was the case, thus reducing entry fees. Entry fee for Boatman Competitor is €40 and Non-Boatman Competitor is €70. INTER PROVINCIALS: Also confirmed to us are the dates for the Inter Provincials in 2019 . ITFFA Interpro is being held on Lough Lein on September 7 while the TAFI Interpro is being held on the September 14, again on Lough Lein . OPENING COMP: On the club front, entries are also being taken for our opening competition of 2019, our annual away trip to Caragh Lake on Sunday, March 31. Please let club secretary know soonest if entering and also indicate if boat only required or boat and engine.


Killarney Legion FIXTURES: Minor Co League - Legion v Laune Rangers (Saturday at 3pm). RESULTS: Div 1 Co League - Legion 3-11 Dingle 1-5. Div 5 Co League - Legion 1-5 Beaufort 3-6 (Speedy recovery to

Mike Pierce who got injured during the game). Minor Co League Div 1 - Dr Crokes 1-5 Legion 0-15.

joint 2nd with Laune Rangers. Good luck to our Scór na bPáístí competitors in the EK Final in Fossa on March 16.

ACADEMY: Juvenile academy is now up and running, every Saturday morning a 10.30am in Derreen. Come along for good fun, to make new friends and for an opportunity to improve your football skills. Contact Ted on 087 6678315.

JUVENILES: ABC, U6, U8 & U10 boys and girls train Saturdays at 10am. New members welcome.

GAELIC4MOTHERS: Circuit Training continues every Monday night at the clubhouse at 7.30pm. All ladies welcome. REGISTRATION: You can renew online on our website on Deadline March 31. LOTTO: Next draw is Monday at 9pm in Murphy’s Bar. Jackpot €4,800.

Dr Crokes ACADEMY: The Saturday Morning Academy has recommenced for 2019 on Saturday mornings with hurling from 10-10.40am and football from 10.45-12pm. Come join in the fun, make new friends and experience the superb coaching on offer. Plenty of fun and games. New members always welcome. PROGRESSIVE 31: Every Wednesday at 8pm in the clubhouse. Bring money and a partner €5 per person. MEMBERSHIP: Annual membership is now due and it is critical that all members and players pay/renew their membership before March 31. A strict “no pay/no play” policy will be enforced after this time. DANCING WITH THE CROKES: Save the date: March 29 in the INEC #DWTC. Tickets now on sale now and are available from the dancers, Vince Casey’s Office, Tatler Jack or online at drcrokes. com.

Spa RESULTS: Senior Co League - Spa 1-4 An Ghaeltacht 1-13. Minor Co League Spa 1-10 Scart/Cordal 1-11 FIXTURES: Minor Co League - Spa v St Mls Foilmore (Friday at 6.15pm). EK Senior League - Kilcummin v Spa (Sunday at 11.30am). Ladies Co League - Scartaglen v Spa v (Monday at 4pm). Intermediate Championship - Spa v Templenoe (Sunday, April 7 in Kenmare) ST PATRICK’S DAY: All members invited to dress up in club colours and march on Sunday. Meet on Mission Road at 1.30pm. SPORTS HALL & MEETING ROOMS: Contact Eileen (087 6577312) or Ann (087 9403508). REGISTRATION: Ongoing at the clubhouse Thursdays 7-9pm, Saturdays 1011am or online

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€11,950. RESULTS: Co League Div 3 - Listry 0-9 St Senan's 0-4. MEMBERSHIP 2019: Membership now due. Closing date March 31. Forms can be downloaded form our website

AGM: The AGM on February 25 was well attended and the following officers were elected: Chairman Tadhg O’Sullivan, Chairman Pa Murphy, Secretary Eoin O’Donoghue, Treasurer James O’Brien, PRO Aoife Walsh, Schools Officer Fr Kieran O’Brien, Health and Safety Officer Conor Gleeson

FUNDRAISING: We are currently looking for members to assist in selling page adverts for the Night at the Dogs, costing €150. This fundraising event will take place on November 9 in Tralee Greyhound Track in aid of the building of our new sports hall at Listry pitch. Please contact Anthony 087 2215059.

TRAINING: The club continues to meet and play one wall handball (wallball) in Spa Sports Hall every Monday at 7pm and Friday at 8pm. New over 18 male and female members always welcome.


Kilcummin RESULT: Co League Div 1: Kilcummin 1-11 Austin Stacks 0-9. FIXTURE: Templenoe at home in two weeks. DEVELOPMENT PLANS: There has been a marvellous response to the request for help in the building of the new development. Many have offered to give freely of some of their time to see this project completed quickly but if anyone else is willing to be part of this undertaking, please contact chairman Eugene McSweeney at 087 2874432 or any member of the executive or development committee. LOTTO: Next draw is Sunday, March 24. Jackpot €3,550.

Fossa REGISTRATION: A big thank you to all who have paid their membership to date. Members are reminded that the GAA registration deadline is the March 31. You can do it online by logging in to the Clubforce App on the Fossa GAA Facebook page, or alternatively drop it to Gene at his home. Rates remain the same. Family €60, Adult €30, Youth €15. RESULTS: Co League Div 3 - Firies 1-8 Fossa 1-6. Minor Co League - Fossa 4-13 St Senan’s 2-9. FIXTURES: Minor Co League – Fossa v Lispole/Annascaul (Saturday at 4pm). ST. PATRICK’S DAY/STRICKEEN: St Patrick’s Day parade takes place this Saturday. Please contact any club officers or see our Facebook page if you or your child want to be involved. Also Bank Holiday Monday we are on our yearly Strickeen hike/walk. Please see our Facebook page for more.


31 CARD DRIVE FINAL: Friday March 22 in the Torc Hotel.

LADIES: Congratulations to Kerry minor captain Mairead Lehane and teammates on their win last Saturday against Tipp.

SCÓR: Scór Sinsear Quiz Team came

LOTTO: Next draw is Sunday. Jackpot

RESULTS: Co League Div 3 - Currow 0-6 Gneeveguilla 1-14. Minor Co League - Dingle 0-9 Gneeveguilla 2-15. FIXTURES: Minor Co League - Gneeveguilla v Knock/Brosna/Duagh (Saturday at 3pm).

Beaufort LOTTO: Next draw is Sunday at Galvin's Bar. Jackpot €8,000. SPORTS PREDICTION QUIZ: Thanks to everybody who supported the quiz, sheets sellers, and question composers Danny and Colm. ALL-IRELAND DVD: Beaufort All-Ireland Junior final DVDs still available. 3 DVDs. Pre-match, The Game and Post-match. €20. Available from club (087 9975737) or Carson's Shop, Beaufort.

Firies COISTE NA NÓG: The Firies GAA Coiste Na nÓg will hold their annual table quiz on Friday, March 22 at 8.45pm in Sheehan’s Bar, Firies. Team of 4 is €40. FIXTURE: U21 EK Championship Final – Firies v Scartaglen/Cordal (time and venue TBC). It would be great to get as much support as possible behind the team on the night. Minor Co League Firies v Dingle (Saturday at 3pm). LOTTO: Next draw is on Friday in O’Keeffe’s Bar. Jackpot €9,500. RESULTS: Minor Co League - Firies 2-18 An Ghaeltacht 1-12. Senior Co League Firies 1-8 Fossa 1-6.

Mid Kerry FIXTURES: Senior League - Miltown/ Castlemaine v Glenbeigh/Glencar (Saturday at 5pm, venue TBC). U21 Championship Final (Eugie Ferris Memorial Cup) Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane v Laune Rangers (Monday at 2pm). SCÓR NA BPAISTÍ: The Mid Kerry Scór na bPaistí will be held in the CYMS Killorglin on Friday (today) at 7pm. A great night’s entertainment is in store. We wish the very best of luck to all the young people who will represent their clubs on the night. It is important to note that the quiz team will not be participating in Friday night’s competition.

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