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Killarney children perform ‘Haka’ to welcome Women’s Rugby World Cup

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THE past 24 hours have been hectic for all involved in girls rugby in Killarney Rugby Club as we welcomed the Women's Rugby World Cup Trophy to Killarney.

We literally had the trophy for the day and first up we brought the trophy out to Beaufort where a fantastic welcome was given at Cullina National School. The kids who were kitted out in their jerseys gave a rousing version of Ireland's Call, followed by an amazing Haka 'As Geailge' and got some great photos with the trophy.

Then it was onto Faha, where we received another fine welcome. All 189 kids got a class photo taken with the trophy and some excellent questions were asked about the history of the world cup and about rugby in general. Then we moved tour third and final school, Fossa National School, where all the pupils got to see the trophy and more songs were sang in honour of the historic visit. A huge thanks must go to the principals of the schools Maire Bn Ui Chroinin, Cullina, Jerry Fitzgerald, Faha, and Pat Clifford, Fossa for the huge welcome on the day and to the children for the enthusiasm shown.

Yesterday evening, we welcomed the trophy to our pitches at Aghadoe. Minis players, parents and coaches came along to get their photos taken with the trophy and Ireland women’s International Ciara Griffin was the guest of honour. It was a privilege to have the trophy at Aghadoe and it was so great to see our KRFC girls enjoy the visit.
 


 
Above: KRFC players with the Women's World Cup on its visit to Killarney.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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