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ELITE: Indiana-based Killarney Golf and Fishing Club member Valerie Clancy has been named as one of the top 15 rising golf stars in the country.

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By Sean Moriarty

 

A Killarney golfer has been named as one of 15 high performance athletes by Golf Ireland and is in line for funding to help her progress her career. Valerie Clancy from Fossa is the only Kerry golfer on the 15-strong list and has been a member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club since she was 12-years-old.

Valerie (20), is currently based at the University of Indiana where she plays college golf with the university’s ladies team.

Forming part of the Golf Ireland player pathway, the funded programme aims to assist players in gaining international experience, helping them to develop their skills towards improved tournament performance.
“Providing financial assistance that supports players’ participation in international amateur events is a key objective of the programme. It provides the opportunity to support players as they strive to balance competing internationally with commitments outside of the sport, such as careers and education. Players are empowered to become self-sufficient in the design and execution of their personal performance plans,” Alan Kelly of Golf Ireland explained.

Competition for places was even tighter this year following the amalgamation of the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland as Golf Ireland.

Valerie is currently at home in Fossa on an extended Christmas break – and is self-isolating - after the university moved all its teaching online until the New Year because of COVID-19 restrictions in the Mid-West State.
“It will help my career as I can enter international tournaments and know that some or all of my expenses will be reimbursed. I could, possibly, enter a European tournament before I go back to Indiana in January,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I am very grateful, Golf Ireland has been very supportive and I am seen by them as a top player and an elite player on the same panel as men in Ireland.”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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