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Kerry-London golf day goes international for fundraiser

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TEE OFF: Eoghan Cronin from Aghadoe with members of the MP Moran team at a previous Kerry Association London Golf Day.

 

By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry Association London’s (KAL) annual golf day, organised this year to raise funds for the Seámus O’Brien Fund, will run to a new format this year to overcome international travel restrictions and crowd gathering rules.

The annual event, which raises money for Irish and London charities, is set to take place at Aldenham Golf Club, Watford tomorrow (Friday).

This year’s event will raise funds for Seámus O’Brien, the Firies man who lost a leg in an industrial accident in 2018. He lived in London for a few years and played Gaelic Football with the Kingdom Kerry Gaels, a club that has strong ties to the Kerry Association London.

The KAL’s golf outing is always well attended by Kerry people living in London or by local golfers who travel over to make a weekend of it.

Ongoing travel restrictions and crowd gathering rules had put the success of the event in jeopardy so they have extended the event's scope and will accept entries from any golf course in the world over from September 18 to 25.

Golfers are free to nominate their own golf club, pay the appropriate green fee locally and then enter the KAL tournament online.

“We have decided to make the event international and already we have people playing in Kerry, Scotland and America, and we haven’t even got started yet,” KAL’s Dermot O’Grady said. “With everyone spreading the word we can make history by holding the first world-wide golf day, for a laugh and a great cause. We’re hoping that no matter where you are, Ceann Sibeál, Wentworth, Emirates Golf Club or Augusta, we will all be playing for the same goal and the spirit of the day will be with us all.”

HOW IT WORKS

Purchase your ticket through eventbrite: http://bit.ly/KALInternational - £100 per team of 4.
Choose your team and play any course you wish either on September 18 itself in conjunction with the London event, or during the time frame (18 – 25).
You may choose to play your home course or make an adventurous day out of it and try a course you’ve never played before. WhatsApp your Score Card directly to (085)1782833.

The winning teams will be announced on Saturday, September 25.

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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