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Kids have all the right answers at annual credit union quiz

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The INEC was filled to capacity on Sunday last as 79 primary school teams from all over South Kerry competed in the annual Killarney Credit Union Schools Quiz.
Gaelscoil Faithleann emerged victorious in the Under 11 category and Lissivigeen National School came first in the 11-13 age category, their second year in a row to win the coveted title.
This year, 29 primary schools from all over South Kerry were represented in the 'Power of 4' quiz, which Killarney Credit Union has been hosting for over 20 years.
In the U13 section first place went to Gaelscoil Faithleann represented by Liadh Ní Ghiollarnáth, Dara Nic Chárthaigh, Clodagh Ní Fhlannchaidh and Liam MacUileagóid. Second place went to Lissivigeen National School represented by Lola Belle O’Mahoney, Darragh Moynihan, Sally Cudden and Lily May Kelly O’Shea. The third place position went to Scoil Bhríde Loreto with team members Miren O’Connor, Paddy Moore, David Courtney and Rian McCarthy. A fourth place position went to Gráinne Swords, Conor Regan, Cathal Regan and Benedict Stuikys from St Oliver’s National School.
In the Under 11 category, first place went to Lissivigeen National School represented Aoibhín Kelly, Harry Bolger, Shane O’Sullivan and Donnchadh Daly. Second place went to Firies National School with team members consisting of Méabh Dineen, Orlaith Allen, Jack O’Keeffe and Padraig O’Shea. Third place was awarded to Scoil Bhríde Loreto with team members, Elizabeth Fleming, Luke Courtney, Craig Leggate and Keela O’Connor. Fourth place went to Anabla National School represented by Oisín Fitzgerald, Dylan Cronin, Anna-Lee Crowley and Cormac Purcell.
Each participating school received a gift from Killarney Credit Union, explained Karena McCarthy, Marketing Officer with Killarney Credit Union.
“Each of the winners received trophies and a perpetual cup will be given to the first placed winning national schools,” she said.
“The first and second placed winning teams will go on to represent their school in their age category at Chapter 23 Regional Quiz, on Sunday March 3.”
She added she would like thank all those that participated in the quiz this year, for parents, pupils and teachers who attended on the day.
“Due to the extended number of teams competing this year, we gave a 4th place position to schools. We would also like to acknowledge the staff, management and volunteers who helped out on the day also, in correcting, stewarding and adjudication. I would also like to acknowledge the long distances that many schools had to travel on the day and thank them for participating in the quiz.”

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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