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Cliffmania continues as David’s popularity continues to rise

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By Sean Moriarty

There were unprecedented scenes in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise last Saturday after Fossa GAA defeated Castletown in the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Final.

The local GAA club booked a place in Sunday’s final against Tyrone side Stewartstown Harps in Croke PArk helped as ever by the Clifford brothers.

Between them, the Clifford brothers scored nine points, with David posting six from play.

O’Moore Park was thronged with fans, either supporting Fossa or Castletown from County Meath.

There was a third group of supporters there and they did not care who won or lost. They were there to see one man – David Clifford, the Young Player of the Year for 2022.

They came from neighbouring counties like Kildare and Carlow. They sported GAA club jerseys of their own and not the colours of Fossa or Castletown.

And when the match was over, hundreds of young fans mobbed David Clifford, even before he had the chance to shake hands with his opponents.

Local MEP Seán Kelly, former President of the GAA, was in O’Moore Park on Sunday. He has seen a few games in his day but even a man of his experience admits this is unprecedented.

“Not since the glory days of Mick O’Connell have I seen so many neutrals turn up at games, with no interest in who wins or loses, but to see one man - David Clifford. This is gathering momentum, especially since Kerry won the All-Ireland,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“For instance, at the recent Munster Intermediate and Junior Club finals, it was clear while the Junior Final involving Fossa and Kilmurray, the place was thronged before 1pm on a day the roads were very icy and it was bitterly cold. When the intermediate match started, the grounds were half empty - all neutrals, especially kids came to see David. This Cliffmania hasn’t peaked yet - wait if and until David captains Kerry to All-Ireland victory next July - then you'll see Cliffmania like never before.

“The great thing is that he always delivers and carries himself extremely well, despite all the attention and pressure. A one off. Proud to say, we’re from the same parish.”

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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