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CELTIC GIRLS: Pictured are: Cliona Moynihan, Eva O'Shea Zoe and Counihan Kate Healy.

 

When Killarney Celtic FC look back on 2020 there will be many things they will not want to remember - but from a sporting point of view one of the success stories is the 20x20 ‘If She Can’t See It She Can’t Be It’ Club Charter.

 

Sports clubs have never been more important than they are at present and Killarney Celtic is one of a number of Kerry Schoolboys Girls League clubs that signed up to the 20x20 Charter. They join over 300 clubs in 23 sports who have signed up.

The club will now proudly fly the 20x20 member flag at all events at its grounds in Dirreen while the Charter will be displayed in the clubhouse and the logo will appear on the club’s social media sites.

INCREASING VISIBILITY

There are three pillars to the 20x20 Charter which are to increase the visibility of and the participation of both players and coaches in the female section of the club by 20 percent during the year and actively promote and increase the attendance for the female teams in the club.

Killarney Celtic is proud of its long history of giving the same opportunities to play soccer at all ages from its Academy onwards.

Club Chairman Paul Sherry said that Killarney Celtic is very proud that almost 30 percent of the playing membership of the club is in the female section and the club now plan to continue to grow this section over the coming years.

“Our girls start in the ‘Soccer Tots’ programme along with the boys ages four to six, and then we have 17 girls in our Academy, 111 girls on our teams from U10/11s to 17s as well as having 10 girls in our ‘Football for All’ section,” he said.
“The club also has a number of very dedicated coaches who work with the girls to ensure that they both enjoy and learn the game and are given the opportunity to play at their highest level. The coaches are fully Garda vetted and qualified to various levels on the FAI Coach Education pathway.

“On the competitive side one of our greatest days came in 2013 when in early December our U14s were crowned Women’s FAI Munster Champions defeating Holly Hill from Cork 3-1. For the record Hannah O’Donoghue, who went on to play with Cork City Women, scored a hat-trick in a Player of the Match performance. We also reached the National U12 Girls Cup final in 2018 losing out to Mervue United from Galway by a last minute goal.

GOOD RELATIONSHIPS

“The club has built up a very good relationship with Cork City Women’s side and they have visited us on a number of occasions where they have conducted training sessions for our girls. As well as this a number of our players train with their academy and we also have girls in the FAI Regional Centre of Excellence in Limerick. The club also provides players and coaches to the KSBGL for its Inter League competitions including the prestigious Gaynor Cup.

“But like our boys section while the club and our coaches are delighted when our girl’s teams are successful this is not the most important thing. Our main focus is on developing the girls by teaching them the skills of the game and the enjoyment that can be found by being part of a team.”

Killarney Celtic is ideally placed to welcome new girls to the club with training taking place on its All Weather pitches. The club invites parents and girls of all ages to come along to training and try out the beautiful game. Training times are on the club’s social media pages or you can leave a message on 083 8392059 with your query.

[caption id="attachment_34629" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Ella O'Connor, Anna O'Shea, Clodagh Daly, Michella Mulry, Ellie O'Shea and Eimear Furlong.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34628" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Yelizaveta Malberg, Kaysey O'Connor, Anne O'Shaughnessy and Niamh Brosnan.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34627" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Hannah Casey, Bethany Moynihan, Grainne O'Leary and Emma Daly.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34626" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Cora O'Donovan, Clodagh Clancy, Caoimhe O'Sullivan and Grainne Kelliher.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34625" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Amelia Carroll, Kelly Grace, Cox Caoimhe Cronin and Sarah Warren.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34624" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Louise O'Donoghue, Ali Bowler, Jodie Barton and Tara Cronin.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_34630" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Megan Sheehan, Kate Forde, Maggie Hickey, Emily Buckley, AnnaKate Daly and Liadh Forde.[/caption]

 

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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