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Inaugural Killarney Club 7s a huge success

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Spa GAA are already planning a second Killarney Club 7s for next year after the success of the inaugural competition.

CRAIC:Johnny Brosnan Seanie Kelliher and Derry Healy at the Killarney Club 7s. Photo Anne Holland

UNDERCOVER:Brian Lynch Paddy B Lynch and Dave Herlihy at the Killarney Club 7s. Photo: Anne Holland

ORGANISERS: Killarney Club 7s Organising Committee: Deirdre O'Sullivan Darcy Conor Gleeson Katie O'Brien Evan Cronin Shane Cronin Andrew Garnett Michael O'Donoghue Ivor Flynn and Cian Tobin. Photo: Anne Holland.

FUN TIMES: Spa GAA Volunteers Saoirse Holland and Susan Waters at the Killarney Club 7s. Photo Anne Holland.

The club hosted the first such competition to take place in Killarney over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

“With months of preparation, and incredible support and help from the local community, as well as a gigantic effort from our wonderful volunteers, the club welcomed thousands of people from across Ireland and beyond to Spa GAA Club over the two days,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

The 7-a-side games were played across two playing pitches, alternating throughout the weekend between ladies and mens fixtures on each field.

In the Ladies competition, Southern Gaels LGFA defeated Castlemahon Feohanagh LGFA in the Shield Final while it was an all-Cork affair in the Cup Final as Clonakilty LGFA defeated Valley Rovers LGFA.

In the Mens competition, Dublin teams Cuala GAA and Lucan Sarsfields GAA met in the Shield Final with Cuala coming out on top, and in the Cup Final, Mitchelstown GAA edged out Eire Óg.

"Well done to all teams, players, mentors and supporters who travelled to Spa and took part," added Deirdre. 

“Our thanks also to the GAA and LGFA referees who officiated over the weekend; Brendan Griffin, Seamus Mulvihill, Grainne Sands, Ciara Gilroy, Eddie Walsh and Padraig O’Sullivan."

The Rockshore marquee was rocking all weekend with the live music starting from 12noon each day and finishing at 10pm with a DJ both nights.

Acts over the weekend included Super Céilí, The Rising, Derry and Rosie, Brian Murphy and The Stars. Spa GAA juvenile set dancers also took to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

“The support from near and far has been incredible, and huge credit to our volunteers and the support of the local community. With the event itself taking months of planning, over the past number of weeks the effort to get the club and grounds ready to host thousands of people over the weekend has been monumental,” said Deirdre.

“Míle Buíochas to the amazing hard working committee who organised the Rockshore Killarney Club 7s tournament: Shane Cronin, Conor Gleeson, Michael O’Donoghue, Andrew Garnett, Evan Cronin, Cian Tobin, Ivor Flynn and Katie Gleeson. They spearheaded this super event and brought the whole community together with hundreds of volunteers, enabling it to take place.

“Thanks to everyone who participated, supported, sponsored, volunteered or donated to make this fundraiser possible for our great club. A huge thank you to one and all, roll on next year.”

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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