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Double delight for St Paul’s basketball under 12 girls’ team

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Double delight for St Paul's basketball under 12 girls' team

By Eamon Keogh

THE St. Pauls Killarney U-12 girls basketball team have created a significant bit of history after being crowned champions in both the Cork and Kerry 'A' leagues this season. The Killarney girls clinched the Kerry title in recent months and there was further good news this week when the Cork Ladies Basketball County Board decided to award league titles to the teams who were on top of their respective league tables.
This is the first time in history a St. Pauls juvenile team has won the Cork league which makes it even more special for this young team, who have to ability to progress even further in the years ahead.
The St. Paul's girls started off their campaign in the Kerry county league division one with wins over tough opposition such as Tralee Imperials, St. Mary's Castleisland and Glenbeigh Flacons. They were crowned Kerry champions after some soild performances in the league and also secured the Kerry Cup title against a strong Tralee Imperials team.
It was an extremely busy season for the young Killarney girls and the decision to participate in the Cork league also reaped rewards. The team enjoyed some really exciting games against some top teams from the Rebel county and a lot of the away games were played in the iconic Parochial Hall, Cork. St. Paul's registered significant victories over Carrigaline, Cobh, Glanmire, Waterford Wildcats and Limerick Celtics . They also played out a thrilling encounter against Mallow in Kilcummin Hall with the Killarney side eventually claiming the win after two periods of overtime. The St. Paul's girls had also been looking forward to a tournament in London during Easter but unfortunately this was cancelled due the Covid-19 crisis.
Coached by Padraig Weldon, it certainly turned out to be a memorable season with the unique double success for this young St. Paul's team . “The Last Dance” featuring NBA legend Michael Jordan is the global basketball story of the year but for this talented St. Pauls U-12 girls team, it is a season that may well be remembered as “The First Dance” in years to come if they continue to progress and deliver on their true potential.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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