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ALL-IRELAND GLORY FOR RATHMORE STUDENTS

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Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra Rathmore Senior girls football captain Sarah Murphy and Junior captain Sinead Warren and team manager Conni Vaughan with Munster and All-Ireland cups won by the school. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, senior girls football captain Sarah Murphy and junior captain Sinead Warren and team manager Conni Vaughan with Munster and All-Ireland cups won by the school.
PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH
 


 
A ROLLERCOASTER would be the best way to describe the last three months in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra in Rathmore. The senior and junior girls football teams both won Munster finals and then went on to win All-Ireland semi-finals. “To reach two all-Ireland finals seemed hard to believe!” said a spokesperson for the school. Coaching both teams were Conni Vaughan and Kevin Coughlan.
In addition, in February, football coach Conni Vaughan, managing to juggle football training with her own training, was selected to represent Ireland in the European Taekwondo Championships in Budapest. Here she won a bronze medal in individual sparring (65kg), a silver medal for team sparring, and a gold medal for team patterns.
The senior final came first and despite a great second-half comeback from Rathmore, Gallan Community School proved too strong and came away with the win on the day.
The under-16 All-Ireland final was played five days after the senior final giving little time for recovery for players who were involved with both teams. Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra hit six first-half goals on their way to victory over Mercy SS Ballymahon in the U16 All-Ireland Final. The player-of-the-match in both the junior Munster final and the All-Ireland final was Ava Looney.
Not to be outdone by their footballing counterparts, the under-19 girls basketball team qualified for the All-Ireland qualifiers held in Naas during January. Indeed many of these girls were also members of the senior girls football team. The team qualified for the southwest finals where they defeated a much-fancied Crescent College Comprehensive from Limerick. Following this victory, Rathmore hosted the All-Ireland qualifiers in early January. Rathmore defeated both St Mary’s from Mallow and Loreto, St Stephen’s Green. On reaching the All-Ireland quarter-finals, Rathmore won their first game against DLS Bagnelstown but lost out to a stronger team in St Mary’s from Naas by a narrow margin. Coaching this team were Mike McGillicuddy and John Hurley.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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