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Could Fitzgerald Stadium host the Rugby World Cup in 2023?

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At the launch of the Fitzgerald Stadium Development Scheme on Thursday evening were front from left, Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Kerry football manager), Patrick O'Sullivan (Kerry Co. Board Chairman), Colm Foley (Development Committee Chairman) and Der Brosnan (Fitzgerald Stadium Chairman). Back from left are Pat O'Donoghue, Mike Moynihan, Diarmuid O'Se, Maurice O'Donoghue, John C O'Shea, Micheal O'Donoghue, Tatyana McGough, Weeshie Lynch, Stephen O'Sullivan and Andy O'Sullivan. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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PLANS are underway to ensure Fitzgerald Stadium is well placed as a possible host venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The stadium’s finance committee has launched a new development scheme in the lead-up to yet another Munster football final at the iconic Killarney venue.

The new scheme, the fourth of its kind, aims to further enhance facilities at the stadium on big match days, bringing it right into contention as a host venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The current stadium capacity is 39,000 and it is fully compliant with all health and safety regulations.

Among the proposed enhancements to the stadium are the upgrading of the terraces, especially at the scoreboard end; upgrading of the seating in the covered stand; new shops, toilet facilities and access turnstiles at the St Finan’s side of the ground; and the addition of a floodlighting system.

Kerry County Board chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, who along with Kerry senior football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Colm Foley, chairman of the Development Committee, launched the new scheme on Thursday, outlined the reasons for the launch of the latest development scheme. “We want to develop on the work ethic and commitment that has brought Fitzgerald Stadium to what it is today,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

“We want to go further and have a facility that will continue to be a symbol of Killarney’s ability as a venue that will match and compete with other centres of excellence.”

Mr O’Sullivan added: “It is the hope and determination of the stadium committee and the county committee to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.”

The cost of the development scheme subscription is €1,000 per year for five years and the benefits of subscribing include two free stand tickets for Kerry/Cork Munster Championship games at the stadium as well as two free tickets for games held under the auspices of the Kerry County Committee at the stadium and two free tickets for an All-Ireland Final involving the Kerry senior team.

The stadium committee, under the chairmanship of Colm Foley, includes county committee chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, Pat O’Donoghue, Maurice O’Donoghue, Michael O’Donoghue, Conor Hennigan, Mike Buckley, Der Brosnan and Andy O’Sullivan.

 


 
At the launch of the Fitzgerald Stadium Development Scheme on Thursday evening were front from left, Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Kerry football manager), Patrick O'Sullivan (Kerry County Board Chairman), Colm Foley (Development Committee Chairman) and Der Brosnan (Fitzgerald Stadium Chairman). Back from left are Pat O'Donoghue, Mike Moynihan, Diarmuid O'Se, Maurice O'Donoghue, John C O'Shea, Micheal O'Donoghue, Tatyana McGough, Weeshie Lynch, Stephen O'Sullivan and Andy O'Sullivan. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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