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By Sean Moriarty

Liverpool Football Club fans brought traffic in Killarney to a standstill on Wednesday evening as they celebrated their side’s victory in the English Premiership.

The Reds secured their first Premier League title as well as their first English League title in 30 years last month following an extremely impressive season.

The team was awarded the Premier League trophy in a ceremony following their last home of the season against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

[caption id="attachment_32994" align="alignleft" width="255"] REPLICA: Joe Mccarthy and parade organiser Tim Doona with the 'Cup'. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_32993" align="alignleft" width="221"] CHAMPIONS: Liverpool Football Club fans celebrate with a parade through the town on Wednesday evening. Photo: Sean Moriarty[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before the final game close on 50 Liverpool fans gathered at St Oliver’s National School ahead of a parade of Liverpool Football Club liveried cars through the streets of Killarney.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for local Reds fans – known as 'Reds Forever Together (Killarney)'. It is the first time that the Merseysiders lifted the Premier trophy and is 30 years since they won the English Division One League, the previous name for England’s biggest football championship.

However, current COVID-19 restrictions meant the local fans were unable to gather in a pub and watch their team defeat Chelsea Football Club in the final home game of the season.

Straight after Wednesday’s game the League Cup was presented to the Liverpool squad but the local fans had celebrated at home.

Wednesday’s parade through the town added plenty of colour and atmosphere – the local fans even had a replica Premiership Trophy - which they proudly held aloft as they drove along, horns blaring.

“It was some buzz around the town on Wednesday evening,” club member Joe McCarthy told the Killarney Advertiser. “But everyone had to go their own way after the parade. I celebrated at home. I felt it was very harsh on the players to receive the trophy without any fans in the stadium to see it. It was still a great night.”

 

[caption id="attachment_32995" align="alignleft" width="1024"] RED SEA: Terri McClellan, Adam Murphy, Sandra Patten, Oisin McCarthy, John Heery, Anthony Heery, Keelan Looney and Kevin Hickey. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_32992" align="alignleft" width="1024"] RAISE IT UP: Tim Doona, Mike McSweeny, Liam O’Sullivan, Oisin McCarthy, Keelan Looney, Kieran McCarthy and Timmy Looney. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy[/caption]

 

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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