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Killarney golfers to represent Ireland in Rome

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Local golfers Jack Buckley and Donie MacSweeney have been announced as champions of the 2022 Audi Ireland quattro Cup.

The winning team topped the leader board at the national final, held last week, on the Mahony Point course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.

The pair, qualifiers from the Audi Cork regional event, completed the incredibly competitive course in mixed weather conditions. They achieved a final score of 50 points, to claim the win finishing ahead of second placed John Darby and Pat Ward, qualifiers from the Audi Galway, Audi Sligo and Audi Ballina regional event who totalled a points score of 45. Audi Limerick qualifiers Brian McGrath and David McGrath claimed third place with 44 points.

In total, 96 golfers in 48 teams took part in this year’s Audi Ireland quattro Cup National final, the first since 2019. Following the day’s golfing, guests attended a Gala dinner and prize giving ceremony at the 5 star Europe Hotel & Resort and were treated to an interesting panel discussion hosted by broadcaster Joe Molloy featuring Audi Galway brand ambassador and Galway GAA star, Shane Walsh.

The winners will now start their preparations for the 32nd Audi quattro Cup World final which will be held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome from October 9-13, the host course of the 2023 Ryder Cup.
The Audi Ireland champions will tee off against finalists from 38 participant countries to compete for the title of Audi quattro Cup world champions.

“On behalf of Audi Ireland we would like to congratulate Jack and Donie on their fantastic victory at this year’s Audi Ireland National quattro Cup final, a great event all round. We are looking forward to supporting Jack and Donie as they represent Audi Ireland at the World Final in Rome next month. The quattro Cup is a unique offering for Audi customers and this week we were delighted to host all of our regional qualifiers and our dealers in the beautiful surrounds of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, followed by a spectacular evening in the Europe Hotel & Resort,” said Damien O’Sullivan, Director, Audi Ireland.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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