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Golf club honours founding members on 125th anniversary



Junior Minister Brendan Griffin TD was on hand to launch commemorative plaques for Killarney Golf and Fishing Club as they celebrate their 125th anniversary. The launch took place at Killarney House and Gardens as the history of Killarney Golf Club is inextricably intertwined with the story of the Earls of Kenmare, and in particular Lord Castlerosse.

Historically, both locations have benefitted from the generosity of benefactors such as the McShain family, Lord Castlerosse, and Beatrice Grosvenor, who in generously donating their estates to the Irish Republic, have ensured that many generations to come will have the absolute pleasure of visiting and viewing these beautiful locations.

While the primary mission of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club is what it says in its name – to promote golf and fishing – the club are very conscious in celebrating its anniversary that they not only celebrate the present but also mark the past by erecting these commemorative plaques. In this way, the story of the men and women who founded Killarney Golf and Fishing Club and the story of its various locations will not be forgotten and will live on in present and future memories.

The names of all the founder members are on a plaque and will be displayed permanently in Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. Relatives of the Downing Brothers, represented by Creagh Downing and Lady Tucker, and Ellen O’Connell, represented by Katie and Clare O’Connell, who were involved in the founding of the club.

Lady Tucker was a founder member of the club and she was also a scratch golfer – both activities would not have been the norm for the majority of women at that time. As part of Killarney Golf Club’s 125, the Ladies Club, in consultation with Ellen and Lady Tucker’s family, re-designated the Lake Cup as the Ellen Lady Tucker Cup which was awarded to the best net score in Handicap 18 and under on this year’s Lady Captain’s Day.

Paddy McCarthy and his family and Mary Shanahan were also presented with a commemorative plaque. Killarney Golf Club was located on Paddy McCarthy’s land (Deerpark) from 1893-1936 and the clubhouse of Killarney Golf Club was located in Brú na Páirce which is the property of Mary Shanahan.

Pat Dawson of Killarney House and Gardens was presented with a plaque to acknowledge the involvement of Valentine Browne, the 6th Earl of Kenmare, in establishing Killarney Golf and Fishing Club at its current lakeside location at Mahony’s Point in 1939. Valentine Browne was better known as Lord Castlerosse and is quoted as saying, “When anyone sees Killarney, even if he is the basest heretic, he must believe in God”.

Lord Castlerosse found it necessary to find a new location for Killarney Golf Club due to the fact that the land agent for that part of the Kenmare Estate located at Deerpark and comprising of the then Killarney Golf Club was instructed by receivers to obtain a proper market rate for the letting of the lands.

The lands at that time in 1936 were let to Killarney Golf Club at a peppercorn rent of just 1 shilling per annum and, following a review, it was decided that the rate should rise to £75 per annum. This was a massive and potentially ruinous increase, and one that the then membership of some 130 could not afford. After all they were only paying 1 guinea per annum as their subscription, which in total amounted to £136 and 10 shillings.

Thanks to the vision of these men and women, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club found a new home on the shores of Lough Lein. This vision has made the club what it is today, with all its rich history and breath-taking scenery, and we look forward to what the next 125 years will bring.

Pic: Valerie O’Sullivan.



Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig



By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.


In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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Relief for students as State exams finally begin



Kayleigh O’Connor and Bethany Kelly pictured ahead of their Home Economics exam on Wednesday afternoon.

By Michelle Crean and Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

Although it was a Leaving Cert like no other – that didn’t stop some students from feeling nerves and others relief – as they finally began their State exams on Wednesday morning.

After a mix of homeschooling due to the COVID lockdowns, it was a tough final year for the Sixth Years who at times had no idea if they final school exams would even go ahead.

Some have opted for no exams, while others want a mixture of Accredited Grades combined with the option to sit the exams.

And it all began on Wednesday morning as English Paper 1 was first up followed by Home Economics in the afternoon.


For Killian O’Brien, a student in St Brendan’s College, he said that there was no stress as he headed in.
“I’m grand out, not stressed at all.”

George Griffin, also a student in St Brendan’s College was glad to begin the final leg of his school journey and said he too felt grand about it.

“Predictable grades are a good backing to it, it levels out the stress.”

His classmate Darren Counihan was “not too worried” about what was ahead of him.

“You can only go up in points, not down thanks to accredited points.”

Luke Tindall, also a student in the school said he was alright and “not too stressed”

For Adam O’Connor there was some nerves.
“I’m feeling a bit of everything, but mostly stressed,” he said. “I’m just waiting to get it done and over with.”

In Killarney Community College Oliwia Bielanska spoke to the Killarney Advertiser after coming out of her first State exam.

“I was nervous at first, but once I started writing it was all good.”

Aoife O’Brien from the same school said she was “kind of nervous” but that “it was fine”.

“It wasn’t too bad.”

Stefan Lajdar, also a student in Killarney Community College said it went “alright”.

“I finished a bit earlier. I was a bit under pressure before the exam, but it was easy enough. We have a backup with the predicted grades so it was fine.”

A turbulent year

Principal of Killarney Community College, Stella Loughnane, acknowledged the uniqueness of this year. “This year has been a turbulent and emotional year for this particular Leaving Cert group. Thankfully, all of our students sitting these exams have the security of knowing they already have an accredited grade from their subject teacher and can really try to improve on that when sitting their chosen exams. I think this is of great comfort to students and will ease some of their nerves.The majority of our students have embraced this challenge and chosen to sit their exams.”

She added that also this year there are a lot more COVID guidelines from both the Department of Health and the Department of Education that both the school and students must adhere to.

“This year has shown how adaptable our students are, therefore I don’t believe they will cause too much fuss. However, like every other year, our students arrived with the age old butterflies in their stomachs but a willingness to begin their exams.”

Sean Coffey, Principal of St Brendan’s College said it was great to see the exams finally underway.

“It has been the most incredible two years for the students. This is as fair as you can get really. I would say the Sixth Years had a less disruptive year than other students as they had their eye on the prise and could see the finish line in sight.”

Killarney Community College student Stefan Lajdar said it was easy enough once he got going.
Aoife O’Brien student of Killarney Community College said the first exam wasn’t too bad.
Bharragh O’Shea from Killarney Community College felt his first exam went pretty well. “I thought it was easy.”
Happy to get it over and done with was Adam O’Connor from The Sem.
George Griffin from St Brendan’s College pictured before Wednesday’s English exam.
Darren Counihan student from St Brendan’s College said that he was not too worried ahead of the first exam on Wednesday.
Killian O’Brien from St Brendan’s College said he wasn’t feeling stressed before the first exam on Wednesday morning.
Katerina Polyakova and Maryia Casey from Killarney Community College pictured cramming in some last minute revision before Wednesday’s Home Ec exam.
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Lucky local wins dream Barraduff home



WIN A HOUSE: Barraduff Community Field Organisation fundraiser sub-committee members: Derry Healy, Michael O’Keeffe, Cathy Somers, Linda Dennehy, John Culloty and Rory D’Arcy pictured in the INEC on Sunday evening during the ‘Win A Dream Kerry Home’ draw.

By Michelle Crean

It has been seven months in the making but it was one lucky local who claimed the top prize – a 𝟯-𝗕𝗲𝗱 d𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 h𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗳𝗳.

Ticket no. 17033 owned by Catriona Moriarty was the winner, chosen on Sunday evening in the ‘Win A Dream Kerry Home’ fundraiser prize draw live streamed on Facebook and the website from the INEC Arena, Killarney.

The MC for the evenings event was Rory D’Arcy, fundraiser committee member.

Committee member, Liam Warren, joined Rory to speak about the history and aims of the Barraduff Community Field Organisation since its inception in 1977. It was then time for the prize draw, with the combined value of all prizes in excess of €300,000. Rory introduced the independent adjudicating team of Peter Malone, Solicitor, Malone Hegarty Solicitors, and Denis Murphy, Auditor, Moriarty & Murphy Accountants.

It was certainly a night to remember for all prize winners, particularly Catriona Moriarty who will soon be receiving the keys to her new home.

“The Barraduff Community Field Organisation are forever grateful to all who supported this fundraiser, through purchasing of ticket(s) and sponsoring of prizes, to assist us in realising the vision of our local community. This is only the end of the beginning of another chapter!” Michael O’Keeffe said.

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