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Bumper crowd witnesses some sublime rugby in Aghadoe

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ANOTHER absolutely riveting weekend of rugby last weekend, with local, provincial and international rugby making the headlines. First off, Munster took on the Newport/Gwent Dragons at Thomond Park in the PRO 12 and pretty much hockeyed the visitors, winning on a scoreline of 45 points to 17. Jack O’Donoghue was the man of the match, in a side devoid of the internationals but it was great to see Rassie give the younger players a shot. Next weekend Munster head to the Liberty Stadium to take on the Ospreys in the next round of the league.

Last Saturday, the Irish national side took on Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the second round of the RBS Six Nations. Still smarting from the defeat to Scotland the previous weekend, Joe Schmidt’s men were determined to keep the pressure on early leaders England by putting Conor O’Shea’s men to the sword. In the end the final score read 10-63 in favour of the visitors with CJ Stander and Craig Gilroy scoring hat tricks and the bonus point in the bag. Next weekend there is a well-deserved break in the Six Nations and Ireland prepare to face France at the Aviva on Saturday, February 25.

I always maintain that a good Munster Junior League match is as good as any Munster match or Ireland match for entertainment and last Sunday’s match between our own Killarney RFC and near neighbours Killorglin RFC was an absolute cracker. This fixture was postponed from the previous week where the elements disrupted the final round of matches in Division 3. Killorglin led the league all season, however Mitchelstown overtook them last weekend and this match was set up to be a battle as Killorglin needed to win to secure the league and earn promotion to Division 2. Killarney were looking to consolidate their third place spot and to continue the good form ahead of the Munster Juniors Bowl competition as well as the Martin O’Sullivan Cup final in a few weeks.

A six-try thriller saw the home side run out winners as the bumper crowd witnessed some sublime rugby and the Killarney scrum was a sight to behold. Next weekend the lads head to Dungarvan in the semi final of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Bowl. Best of luck, lads!
 


 
Above: The Killarney Rugby Club seniors who beat Killorglin in the last round of the league last Sunday at Aghadoe.

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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