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Chairman Enda and senior manager Kieran take the helm at Legion

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New Killarney Legion chairman Enda Walshe.

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HE STARTED out with Killarney Legion GAA Club as a six year old and 35 years later Enda Walshe was proud to take up office as its chairman.
Enda and Kieran Cronin, new senior manager, are at the helm following the club’s annual general meeting in the clubhouse on Friday.
Enda, who spent three years as vice-chairman and one year as juvenile chairman, said: “It’s a proud moment for me to be elected chairman of a club I joined as a six-year-old 35 years ago. The club has come a long way in that time when you see the superb facilities we have, the thriving membership and the on field progress. This is due to the outstanding work of previous chairmen, officers, members and executives.”
Kieran Cronin, whilst playing for the Kerry under-21s, suffered a career-ending injury which necessitated an extended spell in hospital.
Following recovery he kept up his GAA passion by getting involved in coaching. Having been involved in the background of St Michaels Foilmore's All-Ireland Intermediate success he stepped forward to spend four years (one as selector and three as manager with his native club). In that period they cemented their place in the top four of the County League Division 1 and under his management won back-to-back South Kerry Championships.
Having moved to Cork, took up the role of coach with the Macroom senior team and spent two years in that position. He is currently assisting Jack O’Connor preparing the Kerry under-21s based in Cork.
His backroom team will be finalised in the very near future.
Outgoing chairman Jimmy Reen thanked the committee for its ongoing hard work, including outgoing officers
Barry Slattery, Kevin Griffin, Paddy Osbourne and Tom Moriarty. He swapped roles with last year’s vice-chairman Enda Walsh. Denise Fogarty is the new club secretary while the treasurers are John Foran and Marion O’Connor, with Tom Griffin as registrar, Brian Moriarty as county delegate, John Hegarty as East Kerry delegate, Carol Ann Spellman as Scór officer and Tommy Galvin as hurling officer.
In more recent times the club has seen a sharp upturn, noted new chairman Enda, with All-Ireland medal winners (senior men and under-16 girls) All Star and Footballer of the Year Awards. “We also launched events for Croke Park and the GAA and hosted the GAA president,” said Enda. “Legion reached the county finals and our juvenile teams enjoyed outstanding success.”
He added: “Some 13-year-olds won six winner’s medals in 2015 and the club has also seen the emergence of a strong ladies football section. This is all down to the outstanding work of the members – progress and positivity which every member can be proud of. It’s imperative that this work continues and that we even redouble our efforts. It’s only when you see the smiles on the faces and the tears in the eyes that you fully understand that it’s not GAA it’s DNA.”
There will be challenges on and off the field, added Enda. “The drop-off in playing numbers for all clubs between the ages of 15-18 is a slide that must be arrested.
Financially clubs are becoming almost like businessses. The increasing costs that go hand in hand with it,” he said.
“I will do my best to keep the great momentum created by previous administrations on track. And with a hardworking executive, sub-committees and club membership there is no doubt that as a club some of our best days are yet to come.”

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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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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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