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Home game for Scotts Lakers

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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

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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