IRELAND Senior Men’s Basketball Head Coach Pete Strickland led a special once-off coaches clinic in Killarney Sport Centre on Tuesday night. Assisted by top American college coach Chris Harney (St Mary’s College Maryland) and Killarney’s James Weldon (Basketball Ireland Green Shoots Initiative Development Officer), the clinic was attended by several coaches from St Paul’s Killarney and coaches from others Kerry basketball clubs.
Maryland native Pete Strickland was recently appointed as Ireland Head Coach following a very successful career coaching at college level in the USA. Pete’s connection with Ireland started way back in 1980 when he arrived in Ireland to play with Neptune Cork in the national league. he spent two seasons in Ireland and recalled fond memories of playing in Killarney during that golden era of Killarney basketball when the great Gleneagle side were the top team in the country.
“I remember playing games in the St Brendan’s College gym where the huge crowd was squeezed in and right next to the action on the court. It was an amazing atmosphere and Gleneagle had such a really good team then. Paudie O’Connor stood out and was a player ahead of his time. He had all the attributes of a great player and with two outstanding Americans in Tony Andre and Arnold Veasley alongside a good squad of local players, Killarney were a step ahead of many other teams in the league back then,” he said.
Pete returned to Ireland several times over the years coaching at various basketball camps in Dungarvan and other venues. At one particular camp in Castleisland in June 1988, Pete met a young John Teahan for the first time and inspired his interest in the game. It was John’s first time playing basketball and was the start of an amazing journey where he went on to win national leagues and cups as well as playing for the Irish senior men’s team.
Now in his mid 40s, John Teahan is still playing competitive basketball in the Kerry county league. This week, Coach Strickland and Coach Harney worked with young players from Rathmore and St Paul’s demonstrating excellent coaching skills and how to get the best out of young players. St Paul’s Basketball Club Chairman Padraig Weldon made special presentations to Pete and Chris to mark the occasion of their visit to Killarney. Padraig also thanked Sean Murphy of Murphy’s and Lord Kenmare’s Killarney for facilitating their stay in town by providing accommodation for them.
Above: Ireland Senior Men’s Basketball Head Coach Pete Strickland, left, with a group at a basketball coaching clinic in Killarney Sports Centre on Tuesday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh
The secret is in the book!
By Michelle Crean The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]
By Michelle Crean
The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.
Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.
It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.
Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.
In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”
“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”
She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.
“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”
However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.
“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”
She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.
“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”
Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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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