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FIGHT OF THEIR LIVES: Seanie O'Leary and Kevin Cronin of St Margaret's Boxing Club in Tralee are fighting to keep the doors open.

By Sean Moriarty

The county’s brightest boxing prospect, Kevin Cronin, is this week calling on the public to save a boxing club which has fallen on hard times due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cronin, from Milltown, is ranked number one in the Republic of Ireland’s Light Heavy Weight division and is on the cusp of a professional career in the sport.

St Margaret’s Boxing Club, where he trains, is one of two clubs in Tralee, but it is on the verge of extinction as its limited income has completely dried up.

In the absence of a Killarney based club, Cronin could be left without one of his local training venues and fears for the future of the sport in the county as well the result the closure could have on his own professional career.

“We have to do something,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. "It is vital to keep it going. I train in Dublin and Tralee, and this will be a big loss to the town as it gives kids something to do.”

The club has organised an online 10k social distancing run which has already generated over €1,000 including a donation from former Kerry football star Darran O’Sullivan.

Cronin hopes to run a professional training and sparring day in the future where boxing fans can pay for a one-on-one session with him and his coaches. Funds from this enterprise will be put back into the club, but he will have to wait until restrictions are lifted before it can go ahead.

Cronin is preparing for a professional bout against a yet unnamed opponent that will be broadcast on US sporting channel ESPN, subject to post-COVID-19 sporting permits.

“It is a great opportunity and I am going to use it to mention the club live on television to millions of fans,” he added.

To help check out GoFundMe: Help Save St. Margarets Boxing Club.

 

 

 

 

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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