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Champions Celtic find the perfect fit for top job

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Kerry soccer kingpins Killarney Celtic FC have announced the appointment of a new manager to take charge of their pace-setting senior squad.

Long-time clubman Neilus Hayes takes up the role, replacing interim manager Tim Jones while former boss Brian Spillane – the most successful manager in the modern era in Kerry – will continue in a coaching capacity.

Neilus, a Killarney native and an accomplished sportsman, played for and managed the team in the past and is no stranger to winning ways as he previously led Celtic to a KDL league title success.

His professional life as a qualified strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer will stand to him in great stead in his new role with the league and cup holders and Neilus also has a diploma that will enable him to deliver sports psychology to teams and individuals.

He is well-known in Killarney as the owner of specialist health and fitness company and gym B Well Fitness Club which he operates with his wife Edele Daly.

Brian Spillane, who masterminded Killarney Celtic FC’s unprecedented four-in-a-row league and cup successes, stepped down as A team manager in August having been at the helm for Celtic’s record run.

They romped to four Premier League crowns and four Greyhound Bar Cup successes in the past four seasons and they have advanced to the latter stages of provincial and national competitions.

Killarney Celtic Chairman, Tim Jones, said Neilus is an astute operator who has followed the current team as a supporter for many years and is very familiar with the players, coaching and backroom staff and the principals of the club.

“Following Brian’s decision to relinquish his position, it was very important that the club took time to find the right man to take this great team of lads forward. I am satisfied that we have found the perfect fit,” he said.

“We will have the best of both worlds going forward – an astute, professional experienced manager in Neilus with the continued support of Brian Spillane in terms of coaching and player development,” Jones added.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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