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Killarney clubs lose out as €74k handed out

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney sports clubs have not received the same amount of funding as other clubs across the county, a Killarney Advertiser study can exclusively reveal.

On Monday, Sport Ireland announced €74,000 had been allocated to 59 Kerry-based grassroots sports clubs as part of a COVID-19 resilience fund.

The money was allocated to clubs all over the county but it seems Killarney based clubs have either lost out on the chance to get the funding or did not apply in the first place.

A total of €26,889.08 was handed out to GAA clubs across the county, but the only town team on the list is Dr Crokes who bagged the €1,500 maximum.

In the wider Killarney area Gneeveguilla GAA received the maximum and Glenflesk came close on €1,420.08, while St Pat’s East Kerry Hurling Club bagged €600.

Killarney Badminton Club was one of three clubs in the county from this discipline to secure money while Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club (€1,400) was the only cycling club in the whole county to make the cut.
Only Fossa and Flesk Valley rowing clubs in the Killarney area were successful. They will receive the maximum of €1,500 each despite a total €15,897.17 being handed out to rowing clubs in the county.

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Not one of the town’s soccer clubs were included in the funding despite a total of €3,050 being distributed to such clubs across the county.
Killarney has a huge basketball tradition but St Joseph’s Basketball Club in Listowel was the only club in the county to qualify for funding.
Killarney-based rugby, athletics, camogie, gymnastic and ladies football clubs were not included but other clubs from these sports across the county were.
The Ring of Kerry Golf Club was the only golfing club on the list while Tralee Pitch and Putt is set to benefit to the tune of €1,500. None of the golf or pitch and putt clubs in the Killarney area were on the receiving end of the funding.
Likewise, in motorsport, Killarney and District Motor Club were not included but Tralee-based Kerry Motor Club received €1,500 to be put towards COVID-19 expenses.
These funds were handed out on a local level and are separate to the multi-million Euro governing body funding that was also announced on Monday.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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