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Killarney girl on Irish softball team that secured World Cup qualification

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Andrea Hegarty will be part of the Irish Fastpitch Softball team that has secured a place in the World Baseball Softball Confederation next year.

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The Irish qualified for the WSBC after finishing third in the European Championships in Prague over the weekend.

 New York-based Andrea has strong Killarney and Cork connections.

She is the daughter of David and Noreen Hegarty and granddaughter of Nancy Hegarty, Park Road, and Eileen Twomey, Rowels, Meelin.

She is part of the Irish Under 18 softball team.

Ireland defeated some of the top teams in Europe to secure their bronze medal place, including two wins to Great Britain.

Throughout the week, they played in a round robin tournament against Spain, The Netherlands, Czechia, the Ukraine, Israel, Germany and Italy.
Their final game was intense, as they came up against The Netherlands, who had beaten them earlier in the week.

The Irish team hit the scoreboard early with an amazing performance from Andrea who smashed a two-run home run.

The entire game was nail-biting stuff and came to a tie break and entered into an eighth inning.

The Irish came out on top and, as a result, took home the Bronze medal and secured their place in the WBSC World Cup.

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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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