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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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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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