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Home game for Scotts Lakers




SCOTTS LAKERS face a tough challenge this evening when they host local rivals Keanes Killorglin in Killarney Sports Centre at 7.30pm. Killorglin have enjoyed a tremendous start to the league campaign with three wins from three outings and will make the short trip to Killarney in confident mood.

The visitors have one of the best squads in the league with four foreign players. Americans Kevin Gray and Mark St Fort are joined by Ivan Bogdanovic, a 6'9" power forward from Croatia and Lithuanian star Daniel Jokubaitis.

Former Neptune player Ian McLoughlin and former Castleisland point guard Declan Wall add a lot of experience to the side that includes a number of young players from the very promising Killorglin U-18 team such as Eoin Evan, David McCarty, Eoin O Sullivan, Liam Croke and former St. Paul's underage player Ewan Weldon. Lithuanian coach Ignas Sijanas is assisted by former Killarney player Charlie Buckley.

On paper it appears a really difficult task for Scotts Lakers coach Vojkan Bencic and his squad. The Killarney side will welcome the return of Padraig Lucey this weekend and will need a huge performance from everybody to compete with this star studded Killorglin line-up. Antuan Bootle has shown that he is more than able to create difficulty for every opposition if he gets a decent supply of the ball under the board. Justin Tuason, Andrew Fitzgerald, Mark Greene, Philip O'Connor, Cian Clernon, Shane Horgan and Mihail Kapitanov are all capable of stepping up on the big occasion and have the ability to challenge Killorglin in every sector.

A big crowd of travelling supporters are expected from Mid Kerry and Scotts Lakers will need all the Killarney basketball followers to come out in force again for this one.

Supporters should make an effort to arrive early to ensure admission and take note of a new one way entry system that will be in operation indoors in the sports centre before and during the match to facilitate the movement of people to and from the seating areas. Doors will open at 6.30pm and seating is allocated on a first come first served basis. Patrons and season ticket holders are advised to be in the sports centre by 7pm. Good news for basketball fans is that the dynamic and energetic Niall “Botty” O'Callaghan will be back in action on MC duties for this game and he has plans to entertain the fans before the match and at the half-time interval.


Above: A capacity crowd filled Killarney Sports Centre to watch Scotts Lakers St Pauls against Neptune in the recent national league division one basketball clash. Another big crowd is expected tonight for the local derby clash featuring Scotts Lakers and Keanes Killorglin. Supporters are encouraged to arrive early to ensure admission. Picture: Eamonn Keogh



Carols by Candlelight

    St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas […]






St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas 2023, December17, at 7.00pm. Admission is free.

Ten Choirs from Killarney parish will join together and sing some of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols.
The carol service is directed by accomplished Musician and Choral Director, Paula Gleeson. Originally from Cork, her family have been involved in all aspects of choral and church music for 50 years.

“This is the best experience as director, working with Fr. Kieran O’Brien, and St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, I get to work with so many talented people in Killarney. The commitment of Teachers, Principals, and the hundreds of students from the Primary and Secondary Schools is inspiring. The generosity of our sponsors, who were so willing to contribute has helped to make this night a reality. We are all so truly grateful,” she said.

Choirs include:
St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Choir, organist Anita Lakner
Holy Cross Mercy School Choir
St. Oliver’s Primary School Choir
St. Brigid’s Secondary School Choir
St. Brendan’s Secondary School Choir
Killarney Harmonisers
Killarney Community College School Choir
Lissivigeen National School Choir
Gaelscoil Faithleann School Choir
Presentation Monastery School Choir

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The same but different – A tribute to three great Irish musicians



Driving home from work last Friday, tributes for Shane McGowan were pouring out across the radio stations and while listening in, I got a strong sense of déjà vu.

It was only a few months earlier that we got the sad news that the talented Aslan front man Christy Dingham had passed away, and a short few weeks after that – Sinéad O’Connor.  The loss of three iconic Irish musicians that left music fans across the country reeling.

When I think about each artist individually, their personalities couldn’t be more different. Yet, for days after the passing of the Pogues frontman, I found myself wondering why I was so drawn to all three.

And then, over the weekend I stumbled across a completely unrelated article which led with a headline:

“In a year dominated by artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and disingenuity, “authentic” has somehow emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word for 2023.”

And there was my answer. The one characteristic that embodied all three of these great Irish musicians.

It was my mother that first introduced me to Aslan’s music. She grew up during their peak and loved all sorts of rock music. I regularly watch their Vicar Street performances back on YouTube and still get mesmerised by Christy’s intense stage presence. Using elaborate hand gestures to evoke a greater meaning behind the words, he always looked like he was away in his own world. Off stage, and particularly later in his career, I admired him for his honesty when talking about his struggles with addiction and mental health. He was talking openly about these issues long before it was the norm.

Sinéad O’Connor was another original soul who, because of her talent, was catapulted into a music industry consumed by artificiality; she was almost too pure for it all. I always admired her unwavering commitment to her beliefs. Her authenticity was evident in every aspect of her artistry. The way she unapologetically embraced her shaved head and boy-ish style, she challenged conventional opinions around beauty. Her music reflected her personal struggles and she never shied away from addressing issues of social injustice, religion, and gender equality. Her stances often drew criticism and controversy, but she always remained true to herself.

Shane MacGowan will always be remembered for his unfiltered nature, and while the lyrics of many songs were dark and gritty, there was also an element of empathy and compassion in what he wrote. Like Christy, he too struggled with addiction and mental health issues throughout his career. While his demons sometimes spilled over into the public eye, his honesty and vulnerability just endeared him even more to us Irish.

So isn’t it apt in a year we lost three great musicians, the word of 2023 happens to be the one undeniable trait that they all shared. Thank you Christy, Sinead and Shane for showing us that authenticity is not just about being different to everyone else; but also about possessing the courage to challenge the established, to question the norms, and to keep going, even when the going gets tough.


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