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Glenflesk man whittles his way through lockdown

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By Michelle Crean

What began as a hobby using fallen and storm damaged native trees during lockdown has turned into a successful business for one Glenflesk man.

Shane Dennehy is taking ‘working to live’ to a new level as his cottage business Anú Crafts takes shape throughout months of lockdowns, reopenings and COVID-19 restrictions.

Shane is constantly inspired by the wonderful nature that surrounds him and is giving the fallen trees a new lease of life. As a young boy, he spent a lot of his time with his late dad Seán in his beloved shed, watching him cutting timber and tackling the limitless list of chores and work of a full-time farmer and father. His mother Betty, also loved working with her hands, so it wasn’t long before their children developed this passion too.

Many years later, years spent crafting purely as a hobby, the birth of Shane’s beautiful goddaughter Michaela in 2013 led him to make a custom-made personalised doll's cradle for her playroom. When this was shared on social media by his sister Myra, numerous people fell in love with the cradles and contacted him to see if he could do the same for their little ones! Before he knew it, he was inundated with requests for other bespoke crafted pieces. Following this demand, he used the precious hoard of timber slices that his late younger brother Denis cut for him many years previously, and had seasoned in his shed waiting for this day to come. Little did he know then, but Denis was producing timber for Shane’s business years before he even knew it himself. During lockdown Shane has had time to develop this hobby into a business and created, Anú Crafts Killarney so the memory of his beloved father and brother can live on through the gorgeous wooden craft creations.

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"My family are certainly my inspiration in setting up Anú Crafts - my late brother Denis, who cut timber slices for me 15 years ago before I ever even thought about starting a business, my late father for passing on his huge work ethic, my sister Myra for pushing me to set up Anú Crafts and the support of my loving mother and family," Shane this week told the Killarney Advertiser. "What I love most about my work is the delight I see in people's faces when they receive their personal woodcrafts. I love taking on custom-made personal commissions where people contact me looking for something very personal and touching to them or a loved one, but not really sure what to do. But after talking it through with them, I get a feeling of the person and their story. And the delight on their faces with the end product is worth more than anything afterwards."

For a full range of products please visit www.anucrafts.ie or contact Shane directly if you wish to create something unique.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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