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Newly elected Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae, pictured, and his brother Deputy Michael Healy-Rae were crowd favourites when they strutted their stuff on the catwalk at the St Paul's Basketball Club Killarney fashion show at Killarney Racecourse. Danny also entertained the crowd on his accordion while his daughter Elaine joined him on stage playing the tin whistle. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (macmonagle.com)

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Newly elected Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae, pictured, and his brother Deputy Michael Healy-Rae were crowd favourites when they strutted their stuff on the catwalk at the St. Paul's Basketball Club Killarney fashion show at Killarney Racecourse. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (macmonagle.com)

Newly elected Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae, pictured, was a crowd favourite when he strutted his stuff on the catwalk along with his brother Deputy Michael Healy-Rae at the St Paul's Basketball Club Killarney fashion show at Killarney Racecourse. Danny also entertained the crowd on his accordion while his daughter Elaine, also pictured, joined him on stage playing the tin whistle. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (macmonagle.com)
 


 
FROM the Dáil to the catwalk, the Healy-Rae brothers strutted their stuff in Killarney to loud applause at the St Paul’s Basketball Club fashion show.
The TDs were a huge hit at the show as it unfolded in Killarney Racecourse on Friday night.
The event attracted a capacity crowd and was a major success.
The highlight of the night was the performance on stage of the Healy-Rae brothers.
Cheers rang out for Deputy Michael Healy-Rae TD who appeared at the very start of the show in the blue Kerry football jersey, togs and socks.
Newly elected TD Danny Healy-Rae also brought the house down as he modelled the green and gold Kerry football jersey during the second half of the fashion show.
He also performed traditional music on his accordion while his daughter Elaine joined him on stage playing the tin whistle.
Popular local radio personality Brendan Fuller was another familiar face on stage while well-known basketballers Philip O'Connor and Jordan Lee also took to the catwalk. Kerry Stars Special Olympian Janet O’Donoghue was one of the many other models which included several juvenile members of St Paul's Basketball Club.
All the models showcased items from Mods and Minis, Wisteria Boutique, Elvery's Sports, Villa Clothing, The Kerry GAA Sports Store, Miss Darcy's, Shirley's Unique Headpieces, New Look, Urban Heroes, Dowlings Sports Tralee and The Pillbox Boutique.
Master of ceremonies extraordinaire Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan also entertained the crowd before inviting St Paul’s Basketball Club chairperson Tricia O'Shea to address the audience. Tricia was loud in her praise for everybody who helped and contributed to make the club’s fashion show a resounding success.
Tricia thanked her fellow committee members and made a special presentation to fashion show organiser Patricia Ryan in recognition of all her hard work in contributing the success of the event.
Several spot prizes were won in the raffle while the winner of the door prize of a hotel break at The Maritime Hotel Bantry (sponsored by The Gleneagle Group) was Vera Healy.

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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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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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