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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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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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