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Killarney Athletic launch 43rd annual 7-a-side

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You know summer has arrived in Killarney when people start talking about the 7-a-side and event organisers at Killarney Athletic are hoping that the 43rd annual tournament will prove to be as successful as ever.

This year’s competition, which will kick off on Monday, June 24, will be streamlined to run over a two-week period, explained coordinator Colette Casey.

“We are delighted to be celebrating our 43rd year and this year we are introducing some changes to the event,” she said.

“The competition will be run over two weeks with games taking place Monday to Friday and underage games being played on our new all-weather pitch. The finals are scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday, July 11 and 12. The tournament is open to all ages.”

Application forms are available from the Beech Road and Park Road branches of tournament sponsors Killarney Credit Union and at www.killarneyathletic.com.

The entry fees are as follows. Senior Men: €200. Over 35: €150. Ladies: €150. U10s/U12s: €75. U14s/U16s: €100.

“Killarney Credit Union is proud to be the main sponsor of this event, especially in light of its 43rd year anniversary,” a company spokesperson said. “We would like to wish the organisers and all participants the best of luck in this year’s tournament.”

As always, there will be a wide range of prizes handed out as part of the 7-a-side. In addition to the Premier and Reserve Cups, the Kieran Cahillane Senior Player of the Tournament Award will be on offer for the outstanding player on view. There will also be free entry to the 2020 tournament for the Premier Cup winners, while the Johnny Heffernan Underage Player of the Tournament Award will also be up for grabs.

The closing date for all ages (to be returned to the Credit Union) is Friday, June 7 before 5.30pm. The draw will take place on Monday, June 10 in The Shire Café at 9pm. Further information is available from www.killarneyathletic.com.

Last year’s senior competition was won by the Fáilte Legends while Four Star Pizza were crowned reserve champions after their MLS shootout victory over the Tatler Toffees.

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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