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Get snapping for the Kingdom of Kerry and four deserving charities. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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THE countdown is on and we are all excited about getting snap happy at the weekend! To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising 1916, The Trustees of Muckross House and Muckross Research Library, Killarney National Park, are inviting everyone to create a photographic record of County Kerry on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24.
All you need to do is cast your creative eye about and take a photograph that reflects an aspect of Kerry. There are several categories to choose from on the website www.snapciarrai.ie – Kerry everyday life, Kerry street scenes, Kerry at work, Kerry at play, historical Kerry, and natural Kerry. "This is your chance to document the Kingdom of Kerry on this historical and commemorative weekend," said Patricia O'Hare of Muckross House Library.
There are four steps involved. After you’ve taken your picture, log on to www.snapciarrai.ie, upload your image, and vote for the charities. These include, Kerry Cancer Support Group, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Kerry Stars, and Kerry Skill Set. “Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of €2,016,” said Patricia.
The aim of Muckross House Research Library is to document the traditions, way of life, and history of the people of Kerry, added Patricia. “Since its establishment, almost 50 years ago, the Library has played an important role as a centre for the collection, storage and preservation, of documentary material relating to Kerry,” said Patricia.
The library collections have all been collected, donated, purchased, or produced in house, down through the years. They are the property of the Trustees of Muckross House.
 


 
Get snapping for the Kingdom of Kerry and four deserving charities. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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