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Prizewinners at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prizegiving function in the International Hotel on Tuesday night. Included are Stella Maloney, Legion GAA Club, who received the Sean O'Keeffe perpetual trophy for best overall entry from Anne O'Keeffe, Aoife O'Carroll, St Oliver's NS, who received the the Michael Courtney perpetual trophy for best interpretation of theme from Sheila Courtney, Mariea Sheehy, Aerials Gymnastics Club, winner of the John Killer O'Callaghan perpetual trophy for best sporting entry, Terence Mulcahy, International Hotel, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Kate O'Leary, Mayor of Killarney Municipal District Bobby O'Connell, St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairperson Anne Marie Kennelly, Killarney Advertiser Editor Eve Kelliher, committee members Paul Sherry and Cllr Michael Gleeson. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Prize-winners at the St Patrick's Festival Killarney parade prizegiving function in the International Hotel on Tuesday night. Included are Stella Maloney, Legion GAA Club, who received the Sean O'Keeffe perpetual trophy for best overall entry from Anne O'Keeffe, Aoife O'Carroll, St Oliver's NS, who received the Michael Courtney perpetual trophy for best interpretation of theme from Sheila Courtney, Mariea Sheehy, Aerials Gymnastics Club, winner of the John Killer O'Callaghan perpetual trophy for best sporting entry, Terence Mulcahy, International Hotel, Killarney Chamber President Kate O'Leary, Mayor of Killarney Municipal District Bobby O'Connell, St Patrick's Festival Killarney Chairperson Anne Marie Kennelly, Killarney Advertiser Editor Eve Kelliher, committee members Paul Sherry and Cllr Michael Gleeson.
PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH


THE entire team behind the second annual St Patrick’s Festival Cill Áirne and committee chairperson Anne Marie Kennelly are to be congratulated on a job exquisitely done.
As media sponsor, Killarney Advertiser is proud and delighted to be involved and we extend our congratulations to all the parade award winners and overall winning entry Killarney Legion.
All were feted in style at the gala awards ceremony in the International Hotel last night where Killarney Chamber president Kate O’Leary and Mayor of Killarney Municipal District Bobby O’Connell presented prizes along with festival chairperson Anne Marie Kennelly and committee members including Paul Sherry and Cllr Michael Gleeson.
Anne Marie paid tribute to all who supported the event and thanked the International Hotel which sponsored the prizes and supplied the venue for the awards.

 


 

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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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