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Barraduff rower qualifies for World Rowing Championships

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WORLD CHAMPS: Rhiannon O'Donoghue from Barraduff and her coach Mike Fleming, both members of Killorglin Rowing Club, ahead of their departure to Japan for the World Rowing Junior Championships.

 

A Barraduff girl has been selected to represent Ireland in the World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan next week.

Rhiannon O’Donoghue, a member of the Killorglin Rowing Club, has secured a place in the Women’s Double Sculls for the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan taking place from August 7-11.

Rhiannon will team up with Molly Curry from Coleraine, another outstanding junior rower – as the only female rowers representing Ireland.

Rhiannonis the daughter of Donal O’Donoghue, Barraduff and Vicky Dando and the granddaughter of the well-known Barraduff shopkeeper the late Tadg O’Donoghue.

A student in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Rhiannon, has been offered full scholarships to several universities in the USA, but has chosen to stay in Kerry so that she can continue to represent Killorglin Rowing Club and Ireland.

Rhiannon has been rowing with Killorglin Rowing Club for over six years and during this time she has represented her club and her country in a number of events including the Home International Regatta and the Coupe de la Jeunesse. She has also won numerous indoor and outdoor rowing events in Ireland.

“Killorglin Rowing Club and especially my coach Mike Fleming have been brilliant to me,” Rhiannon said. “He has put in long hours in all types of weather to get me to the World Championship.”

However, like many female athletes, she is receiving no financial support from Sports Ireland and must self-fund her participation in the World Championship. O’Donoghue’s Barraduff and Mizen Archaeology are her main sponsors while she has also received support from a number of other businesses throughout the county.

“It would be impossible for me to attend the World Championship without the sponsorship, so I am hoping to bring back a medal to make them all proud,” she added.

Barraduff is clearly proud of their local girl with good luck posters throughout the village and a send-off was hosted last Saturday to show their support. Her father, Donal O’Donoghue, will travel to Tokyo to support her.

 

 

 

 

 

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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10 new jobs announced for Kerry County Council

The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets. The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects. The plan […]

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The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets.

The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects.

The plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.

“I welcome this announcement by my Cabinet colleague Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien,” Minister Foley said.

“Housing is a key priority for Government and these new posts are an endorsement of the excellent work carried out by Kerry County Council and a deserved recognition of their continued commitment to providing social housing to all local communities across Kerry.”

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