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Killarney author shortlisted for top Irish award

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UP FOR AN AWARD: Killarney-born author Kieran McCarthy's debut book, 'Something in the Water', has been shortlisted for the Irish Sports Book of the Year Award. Photo: Michelle Crean
The debut book by a Killarney author has been shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy ‘Sports Book of the Year’ in the An Post Irish Book Awards.
Fossa man, Kieran McCarthy, who previously worked as sports editor with The Kingdom newspaper in Killarney, has penned ‘Something in the Water’, which charts the incredible success of Skibbereen Rowing Club.
 
 
The book is one of six shortlisted and the winner will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards’ gala ceremony in the Convention Centre in Dublin on Wednesday, November 20.
 
The Killarney journalist, who is sports editor of The Southern Star in West Cork, tells, for the first time ever, the story of how the Skibbereen club conquered the world.
This is the club that gave the world Olympic silver medallists Gary and Paul O’Donovan who captured the hearts of the nation in 2016.
 
The 287 page paperback goes behind the scenes to tell the story of Ireland’s most successful rowing club as Kieran covered many of the brother’s local successes over the years.
 
“I was on the homecoming bus and had a brilliant perspective,” Kieran told the Killarney Advertiser. “The book includes the whole backstory of Gary and Paul which was never told before.”
 
Killarney Olympic rower Paul Griffin also features in this new book that’s already causing waves nationally, as the Fossa man competed in the same Irish lightweight men’s four alongside Skibbereen’s Eugene Coakley and Timmy Harnedy. Together, they qualified for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
“Paul was two years ahead of me in school so it was nice to incorporate him in as well. There’s a chapter on the Athens Olympics, the run up to it and what happened.”
 
You can vote online for ‘Something in the Water’ on the Irish Book Awards website, anpostirishbookawards.ie.
This book, published by Mercier Press, is on sale locally, in Easons in Killarney and O’Connor’s Newsagents.
 
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Rodeo lasso demo to kickstart 4th of July Festival on Friday

Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes. The choir […]

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Killarney’s 4th of July celebrations will get underway today (Friday) when the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus put on an unusual show at St Mary’s Church of the Sloes.

The choir is due to perform a concert in the town centre church on Friday evening..

However part of their act is a demonstration in the art of lasso ropes – a tradition that stems from the early farming days of the Wild West – and there isn’t enough room in the church for that element of their act.

Instead they will give a lasso demonstration on the grounds of St Mary’s from 5pm Friday.

“They are showcasing on the green space outside our church at 5pm,” the Venerable Simon J Lumby the Rector of Killarney said.

“They will perform rodeo lasso stunts as part of their act. We couldn’t accommodate that during the concert so we’ve got them to do it earlier outside.”

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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