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Glenflesk crest voted “nicest in East Kerry”

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Glenflesk GAA sampled victory away from the playing fields this week as the club’s crest was voted the nicest in East Kerry.

In a Battle of the Crests competition that was hosted on my personal Instagram account (@adammoynihan), Glenflesk beat off stiff opposition from 12 footballing rivals from East Kerry (plus Beaufort) to eventually earn the honour of having the district’s favourite badge.

The format of the tournament was straight knock-out, an O’Donoghue Cup for crests, if you will, and Glenflesk’s colourful emblem made light work of Scartaglen, Rathmore and Fossa en route to a final showdown with fierce rivals Spa.

Anticipation was high ahead of the decider but in the end, Glenflesk ran out comfortable winners, raking in 65% of the votes.

Fossa's distinctive black and red crest narrowly defeated Kilcummin in a playoff to finish third.

There was a serious amount of political voting going on if I’m being honest. Let’s put it this way: very few Legion people voted for Dr Crokes and vice versa. But in the end, Glenflesk was the undisputed winner, drawing votes from supporters, rivals and neutrals alike.

As a part time graphic designer myself, I really enjoyed this project. There are certainly some interesting emblems in this part of the world. My own personal favourite, apart from the Legion one obviously, is Rathmore’s symmetrical black and red shield, but that was soundly defeated by the eventual winner in the last eight.

This competition kicks off a series of articles detailing the stories behind the GAA crests we hold so close to our hearts. If you gave any interesting images or information relating to your own club crest, please pass it on via sport@killarneyadvertiser.ie.

To view the Battle of the Crests story and see how your club did, visit Adam’s Instagram page @adammoynihan

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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