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At the announcement that 'Hidden Hearing' will sponsor the first-ever 'Give it a Go' event in Killarney, were from left, Martin Brett, manager, Gleneagle Hotel, Anne O'Brien, Active Retirement executive, and Dolores Madden, Marketing Director, Hidden Hearing. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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At the announcement that 'Hidden Hearing' will sponsor the first-ever 'Give it a Go' event in Killarney, were from left, Martin Brett, manager, Gleneagle Hotel, Anne O'Brien, Active Retirement executive, and Dolores Madden, marketing director, Hidden Hearing.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN
 


 
EXCITEMENT is building in anticipation of the first-ever Give it a Go event in Killarney. Hidden Hearing has announced it would sponsor the event, which takes place in June. Organised by Active Retirement Ireland and The Gleneagle Hotel, Give it a Go takes place from June 13 to 17. It celebrates ageing and the freedom and opportunities retirement can offer.
Participants will have the chance to try out a huge range of activities including motorcycling, surfing, fishing, yoga and golf. And after a lengthy day of action and adventure, there will be live entertainment every evening, including performances by Brendan Shine, Red Hurley, The Ronan Collins Showband Show and HIYA Entertainment. Give it a Go is about experiencing new things, finding new hobbies and interests, meeting up with friends old and new, laughing, dancing and have fun!
“We’re delighted to sponsor the first ever Give It A Go event in Killarney this summer,” said Dolores Madden, marketing director, Hidden Hearing.
“We encourage everyone to get out and ‘Give It A Go’, no matter what. Hearing loss can affect every aspect of a person’s life, what things aren't you doing, enjoying or experiencing because a person can't hear to their full potential. Give It A Go celebrates life, as does Hidden Hearing, and that’s why we are proud to sponsor such a celebration.”
Hidden Hearing has over 25 years of experience helping people with hearing loss in Ireland. With over 75 stores nationwide including Scott Street Killarney, Tralee and Kenmare, it screens over 40,000 people annually. Hidden Hearing offer free, no obligation hearing tests at all of their clinics.
For more information on Give it a Go call 064-6671550 or visit www.gleneaglehotel.com

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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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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 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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