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Glenflesk U12s fly the flag for Kerry in Kildare

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THE Glenflesk U12s travelled to Round Towers GAA, Kildare Town, to participate in the Fergus Hopkins Invitational Tournament on Saturday. This is a prestigious tournament with 16 teams participating: Round Towers Kildare, Warwickshire UK, Tinryland Carlow, St Vincent's Offaly, St Finbarr's Cork, Ramour United Cavan, Palatine Carlow, Carrick-Sarsfields Longford, Summerhill Meath, Baltinglass Wicklow, Westport Mayo, Glenflesk Kerry, Louisburg Mayo, Clan na Gael Fontenoy Dublin, St Mark's Dublin and Allenwood Kildare.

The first pool game was against St Marks Dublin with Glenflesk coming out on top on a score of Glenflesk 4-9, St Marks Dublin 4-5. The second game against the host club, Round Towers Kildare, ebbed and flowed and resulted in a draw, Glenflesk 3-7 Round Towers 5-1, which was a fair result for both teams.

This also meant that footballing friends Seamus Moynihan, Kerry, and Glen Ryan from Kildare also shared the spoils as both had sons participating in this game. These were two close games against strong opposition with the wind making a big difference in each game.

In the final pool game Glenflesk played Baltinglass from Wicklow. Glenflesk played well in the first half to go ahead but Baltinglass put in a very strong second half performance to win by three points, Glenflesk 5-6 Baltinglass 5-9. All three pool games were close games against strong opposition with the wind making a big difference in each game.

Following the pool games Glenflesk qualified for the shield semi-final against Palatine from Carlow. There was a novel aspect to this game with former Glenflesk player and Carlow inter county player Chris Crowley now playing for Palatine. This was a tight skillful game and a super performance by the Glenflesk boys to win by four points, Glenflesk 3-11 Palatine Carlow 3-7. This game could have gone either way but great spirit was shown by Glenflesk to hold on and qualify for the final.

The Glenflesk boys put in a very strong performance in the final against Clan na Gael Fontenoy Dublin and led the game from start to finish. Clann na Gael battled to the end and a late couple of goals sealed the result in a 5-12 to 1-8 win for Glenflesk. Captain for the day Gearoid Healy accepted the shield on behalf of the team but it was an all round team performance from mentors and players alike with all 19 players who travelled contributing to the win.

“The mentors, boys and supporters who made the long journey had a really enjoyable day,” stated a Glenflesk spokesperson. “It was a very well organised tournament with great hospitality and well matched, skilful teams participating. It was good to see teams from other counties in action and the boys really enjoyed the singing competition on the bus home. Thanks to all who made the day a big success.”

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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