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Cahersiveen man’s eye catching photo wins world award

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AWARD: Sportsfile photographer Stephen McCarthy has won an award in the 2021 World Press Photo Contest. Photo: Philip Bromwell/RTÈ

By Michelle Crean

 

Sportsfile photographer Stephen McCarthy has been announced as a winner in the prestigious ‘Sports, Singles’ category in the 2021 World Press Photo Contest with his image. The Cahersiveen man took the photo ‘Home Training’ in May last year when he visited the home of 87-year-old masters athlete Pat Naughton in Nenagh, County Tipperary.

During the lockdown Pat maintained his daily training regime in his living room and Stephen, who went into the house in full PPE and kept a safe distance says it's a moment he won't forget.

The win for Stephen comes just three years after securing second place in the 2018 contest for a photograph entitled 'Steaming Scrum' which features The British & Irish Lions and Maori All Blacks packs engaging during a match at the Rotorua International Stadium in New Zealand.

Being recognised by the World Press Photo Foundation is an honour and the pinnacle of any photographer's career, he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

"I am humbled to have had the opportunity to capture a unique example of how humans have adapted in these unprecedented times. I think the photograph has captured the determination of athletes in particular, in this case Pat, to maintain their training schedules in pursuit of normality in the most abnormal of times.”

Dublin-based Stephen, whose first love is sport, took up photography while involved with his local St Mary's Club as a teenager. Following a week's work experience, which he says he was surprised to secure with Sportsfile, he was offered a summer placement and set off on his new adventure a day after his Leaving Cert exams finished in 2007.

"After the week's work experience I was hooked. It's my dream job which has taken me all over the world."

Since then he has covered thousands of events around the world from rugby to soccer, athletics and boxing and captured some of the best sporting moments. And last year should have seen him covering the Olympics and 2020 Euros amongst other events but COVID put paid to that. However, Stephen is now looking forward to covering soccer events for the Irish men and women's teams in the coming weeks which includes trips to Serbia and Hungry.

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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