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Attendance restricted at Sheepdog Trial event

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By Sean Moriarty

Access to next month’s Irish National Sheepdog Trials in Fossa will be restricted to 250 members of the public at any one time.

However, organisers will operate a ‘one in, one out’ policy in an effort to allow as many people as possible see the event.

The three day national championship will take place at Killalee, Fossa, Killarney between August 5 and 7. It is the first time the Irish National Sheepdog Trials will take place in Kerry – as revealed in last week’s Killarney Advertiser.

The trials will see 150 of the country’s top handlers, working with their sheepdogs to compete for the much coveted trophy and be crowned national champion of Ireland. The event judges will also select 15 of the top dogs in the country to represent Ireland in the International Sheep Dog Trials later this year.

The event is similar to the popular TV show ‘One Man and his Dog’'

Organisers are mindful of the current health restrictions but want as many people as possible to see the event without breaking health rules that may be in place for the duration of the event.

The event currently expects a capacity of 500 people including competitors, local committee members and the general public. As a result only 250 spectators will be left though the gates at any one time and on a strict first come, first serve basis.

“Due to the limited number of people allowed to the event the local committee would like to make people aware that entry will be restricted once the allowed capacity at the time has been reached. They would respectfully ask that the general public appreciate this. It is advised to arrive early to avoid the disappointment,” said organising committee chairman Tom O’Sullivan. “The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19 which was disappointing but understandable. An event of this calibre is a wonderful opportunity for people to watch the best handlers and sheepdogs in Ireland showcasing the age old skill of working sheep on the trials field. The event will select the 15-person Irish Team to represent Ireland at the 2021 International Sheepdog Trials in Aberystwyth, Wales.

The Europe Hotel have granted use of their 52 acre field outside Killarney to host the event. The sheep for the event will be from the farm of Jim Dennehy, Gap of Dunloe Road, and Con Healy, Millstreet.”

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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