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GAA Golf Tournament to raise funds for injured Glenflesk man Jerry O’Leary

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The launch of the 23rd annual Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge took place in Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in Mahony’s Point this week.

Kerry and Cork greats Ambrose O’Donovan and John Fenton were pulling strokes once again on Lough Lough Leane the launch of the 23rd annual Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Forty years after they captained their respective counties to All-Ireland senior titles in the GAA’s centenary year, Kerry and Cork greats Ambrose O’Donovan and John Fenton along with Kilkenny legend and Challenge patron Eddie Keher were on hand to lend their support to the charity four-person team event, which will take place at Killarney Golf Club on October 17and 18.

Kerry Gaelic football luminaries, 2000 All-Ireland SFC winning captain Seamus Moynihan and three-time All-Ireland SFC medallist Johnny Crowley, were also in attendance to promote this year’s beneficiary, their friend and fellow Glenflesk clubman Jerry O’Leary.

A year ago, Jerry suffered serious spinal injuries in a devastating accident while walking home. He is wheelchair-bound and requires intensive physiotherapy as well as other medical supports.

The Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge sees four-person teams from Ireland and the US represent their GAA clubs on the golf course.
A total of 45 teams will converge on Killarney in October to compete for the specially-commissioned Waterford Crystal replica of the Liam MacCarthy Cu on the majestic Killeen and O’Mahony’s Point courses.
Run on an entirely voluntary basis in which all proceeds go to charitable causes, the Challenge is the premier golf competition for GAA members.

The Challenge has been raising funds for GAA-affiliated causes and members in need for several years.
In 2023, the beneficiary was The Dillon Quirke Foundation while in previous years the Challenge has been able to provide financial assistance to Ian O’Connell (Spa), Fionn McAnaney (Raharney), Conor Connolly (Castlederg) and Darragh Dooley (Ballyduff Lower).

“Jerry’s cause is one the Challenge are honoured to get behind. Jerry is a well loved and respected member of his community and we are delighted to join the fundraising drive to help him and his family,” said Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge organising chairman Liam Daniels.

“Our great friend Ian O’Connell from Spa was here at the launch and to see the great progress he has made in recent years and his heartening approach to life after his own accident is a genuine inspiration.”

“I wish to thank our long-standing sponsors Circet who fully appreciate what we have been doing down through the years in particular Donagh Kelly and Vanessa Cunningham. They are more friends than sponsors and their understanding of our efforts is vital to the success of the Challenge.”

“I also want to pay tribute to our patrons Eddie Keher, Seán Kelly, Barney Rock, Gerry O’Reilly and Declan Devine for their continuing support for the Challenge. The way in which they promote it and the charitable causes is a measure of their generosity and decency.”

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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