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Currow named KABB Club of the Year

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SUCCESS: St Bridget’s Basketball Club are to be awarded the prestigious KABB Club of the Year 2020. Pictured are: St Bridget's U16 girls Kerry finalists 2020 including coach Aaron Fleming, Megan Dennehy, Danielle Moriarty, Hilary O'Connor and Emma Buckley. From front: Fiona Brosnan, Cara Fleming, Mia Keye and Aoife Fleming.

 

A small basketball club with a big heart, located in the picturesque village of Currow, are celebrating a phenomenal year.

This week the Kerry Area Basketball Board (KABB) announced that St Bridget’s Basketball Club are to be awarded the prestigious KABB Club of the Year 2020.

“The club were unanimously selected by the board having enjoyed a successful Juvenile and Senior season," David Ahern, Executive Secretary of the Kerry Area Basketball Board, said.

"We wish to congratulate the officers and the club on the award."

The club currently caters for more than 130 players ranging in age from U10 to senior grade with ambitious plans to establish a basketball academy for players as young as six years of age.

“This is a major honour for our club but in particular for our hardworking coaches, parents and wonderful team of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure our young players have a sporting and social outlet that teaches them so many valuable traits ensuring they become caring and socially conscious adults. Our young players are a credit to our community and achieving the KABB Club of the Year is testimony to this,” Con Dennehy, Chairman of St Bridget’s Basketball Club, said.

St Bridget’s was established in 1989 as an additional sporting club in the parish. Over the years the club won numerous Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Community Games titles in addition to KABB titles. A number of players including Liam Brosnan, Maura Brosnan, Denis Walsh, Maeve Galway and David Cronin have been selected on Irish underage teams.

The 2019/2020 season has been a very successful period for the club with success in a number of competitions prior to the COVID-19 sporting restrictions.

There was further good news for St Bridget's with the announcement that Denise Walsh Lyons won the Division 2 Player of the Year award and local primary school teacher and coach Seamus Brosnan, who plays for St Mary's, won the Division 1 Player of the Year.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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