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Killarney golfer makes national cut

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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 centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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