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Kevin scoops top prize in Brian James Sponsored Fantasy Football League

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Soccer expert Kevin McCarthy walked away with a €250 voucher for Brian James after seeing off all comers in the 2017/18 Killarney Advertiser Fantasy Football League. It was a gruelling nine-month campaign but Kevin finished first out of 383 competitors to eventually claim the top prize.

Incredibly, the Fossa man led the pack from December and was relentless in his pursuit of the top spot; his lowest score in the second half of the season was 40 and he averaged an incredible 63 points over the same period.

His dominance is reflected in the 66-point gap between himself and Patrick Collins in second place. Tony Looney finished third and Kerry star Shane Enright outscored everyone else in the top ten in the final gameweek to secure a fourth place finish. Damien Ruigrok came fifth.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, Kevin revealed that he was relieved in the end because he thought Patrick Collins was going to catch him.

Adam Moynihan congratulated Kevin on his victory, saying that leading for so long was no mean feat. “There’s a lot of graft in fantasy football if you want to be good at it,” he said. “You have to be committed to it from start to finish - if you miss a couple of weeks you’re goosed. Fair play to Kevin, he led from around Christmas I think. I was in contention myself for a while and I was hoping he’d bottle it, but I ended up finishing 90th. I refuse to accept any responsibility for the team’s demise. Just like last year, my players let me down big time.”

Adam also expressed his gratitude to tournament sponsors Brian James who presented vouchers to each Manager of the Month, third overall, second overall and, of course, the grand prize of a €250 voucher to overall winner, Kevin.

Shane Lynch was named Hardest Working Manager for the second consecutive season. There is no prize for this award.

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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