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



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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Jessie Buckley to perform live on RTE this Friday 22nd September



This Culture Night, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will present an hour-long live music and arts programme from Dún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht at 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.  

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley has been added to the list of stellar musicians who will perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the night. Jessie will perform a special rendition of a Sinéad O’Connor song in tribute to the late artist. 

Jessie commented: “I am very honoured to return to Culture Night 2023 to remember Sinéad O Connor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sinéad was such a huge influence on so many women in Ireland and across the world, her courage, her mind, her politics and her intense beauty and soul. She was a warrior to humanity. I remember hearing her for the first time and feeling her uncompromising need to connect and affect. Recognising what couldn’t be said and speaking it out loud. I am so grateful for all her fire and all her love. It is such a privilege to return to Ireland for RTÉ Culture Night in Donegal to sing a song of gratitude for Sinéad and her family and friends.” 

Other artists performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra include The Murder Capital, R&B singer and 2FM Rising star Aby Coulibaly and Irish-based Ukrainian musician Olesya Zdorovetska.  

Friday 22nd September, 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player 

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N22 Killarney to Faranfore road further delayed

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again. Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project […]




The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021. These have now been whittled down to just one.

It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late last year.

This dragged on in to the Spring and there is still no sigh of the preferred route being revealed.

A recent Kerry County Council meeting a council official explained that there are further funding requirements to allow the council complete various reports and investigations required before the road can move to its next phase.

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