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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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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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Jesse Buckley’s latest blockbuster showing at Killarney cinemas

  Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas ‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities. Set in a sleepy seaside […]

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Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas

‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities.

Set in a sleepy seaside village in 1920s England, the plot centres on two women who fall out after Edith Swan (played by Olivia Colman) accuses Buckley’s character Rose Gooding of sending poison and anonymous letters’ and things get very heated between the two.

The Irish Film Institute says: “ This delightfully foul-mouthed comedy gives free reign to the considerable comedic talents of Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley to uproarious effect.”

Rose Gooding is described as a rambunctious Irish immigrant while Edith Swan , a spinster living with her dictatorial father is their next door neighbour.

“Relations between the pair are frosty at best, and when Edith starts receiving truly foul anonymous letters, accusing the god-fearing woman of all manner of unspeakable degradations, the finger of guilt would appear to point squarely at Rose. The letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues,” adds the Irish Film Institute.

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