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From Gaelic success to Aussie Rules star

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By Sean Moriarty

She is already a star of the Gaelic football pitch but Dr Crokes and Kerry’s Amanda Brosnan is now making a name for herself as an Aussie Rules player.

As well as her starring roles with the Black and Amber and Green and Gold, she also plays Aussie Rules with the Cork Vikings.

Amanda took up the sport in April this year following her retirement from inter-county football at the end of the 2019 season and the birth of her daughter Nia in November last year.

“When things opened up I wanted to go back playing and always had an interest in Aussie Rules,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “The skills carry over – catch and kick – but the ball is a different shape!”

She continued to play local ladies football with Dr Crokes but took on the additional challenge of contesting the Irish National Aussie Rules league too.

This lead to her being selected for the Irish Banshees and the Irish team took part – and won – an international tournament in Belfast over the weekend.

“The Irish team management attended all the league games, I wanted to be part of the Irish team,” she added. “We were invited to a few trial games after that too.”

The inaugural Clover Cup was hosted by AFL Ireland and featured men’s and women’s national sides from Ireland and the United Kingdom that competed in a tournament at Patrick Sarsfields GAA Club in West Belfast last weekend.

The Irish Banshees competed against the England Vixens, the Scottish Sirens, the Ulster Machas and the Welsh Wyverns in the tournament and ran out convincing winners over the English team in the final on Sunday.

Amanda did, previously, make the Irish U16 basketball team but drifted away from the court and hoops once her GAA career took off. She only ever made the Irish basketball panel and never actually played in an international match so last weekend’s AFL tournament was her first time to play for Ireland in any discipline.

“Any chance you get to represent your country, and that was not always possible coming from a GAA background,” she added.

Two other Kerry woman played for Ireland in last week’s AFL Clover Cup tournament, Tralee’s Marie Quirke and CJ Murphy from Farranfore.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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