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All-Ireland medal winner to lead Spa/Killarney Handball Club

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By Con Dennehy

Spa/Killarney Handball Club reflected on a season of mixed fortunes and emotions when the club hosted their AGM in the Spa GAA Facility at the weekend.

It was a case of revolving chairs during the election of officers when the Vice Chairman, Brendan O’Donoghue, defeated outgoing Chairman Tadgh O’Sullivan for the position of Chairman.

In 2019 Brendan O’Donoghue, competing in the Master A competition, became the first Spa/Killarney man to win a Munster championship medal and sometime later won an All-Ireland silver medal in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

Tadgh O’Sullivan, one of the hardest working and highly respected handball officials in Kerry, was a founder member of the club and is widely credited for the growth and success of the club since its inception in 2018. He also oversaw the development of two magnificent Indoor Handball Walls in the Spa GAA Complex.

Eoin O’Donoghue, son of Brendan, was appointed PRO having previously served as secretary.

The officers elected at the AGM were Brendan O’Donoghue (Chairman), Sinead Moriarty (Vice Chairperson), Aoife Walsh (Secretary), Eoin O’Donoghue (PRO) and James O’Brien (Treasurer).

“Among the plans for this season is the recruitment of new members, particularly in the adult ranks. We have training sessions each Monday and Friday night from 7pm and new members are welcome,” Eoin O’Donoghue said.

“We are also planning to participate in the International Handball Tournament in London next May. One element of handball we are particularly excited about is the development of a new handball wall at Lissavigeen National School. This will have far reaching benefits for the sport in the region.”

Congratulations were also extended to Aoife Walsh and Sinead Moriarty who won major titles at the recent 'She’s Ace' All Ladies handball championships in Tyrone.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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