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Killarney Library opens a new chapter for young readers

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BOOKWORMS will always remember their childhood holidays as the perfect opportunity to catch up with the antics of our favourite fictional characters.
Now Killarney Library will help open new chapters to create happy memories for younger generations of readers. The Summer Stars reading programme was launched in libraries across Kerry this week and it invites children to participate in a challenge that will keep them reading throughout the school summer holidays.

The reading challenge started on Monday and will run during the summer until August 22. “Each year Kerry Library runs summer reading programmes for primary schoolchildren to promote literacy development during the holidays and to encourage non-readers to engage with books,” said Eamon Browne of Killarney Library.

“Taking part is easy, just call into to Killarney Library and register. Each child who registers for the free programme joins in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the summer,” said Eamon. “Children will receive their own Summer Stars reading Card to record their progress and the Summer Stars Reward Stamp will be added to their card at the library for each book read.”

At the end of the programme, all children who have participated will be invited to attend an awards event. The challenge will also include an interactive website where participants can play related themed games, review books, communicate with selected authors at: http://www.librariesireland.ie/summer-stars/

“The Summer Stars programme provides the whole family with an opportunity to explore the full range of events and facilities which are available in their local library,” added Eamon.

Killarney and all other Kerry libraries – Tralee Listowel, Ballybunion, Dingle, Kenmare, Killorglin, Caherciveen, Castleisland and the mobile libraries – are offering the challenge.

“Through this fun activity Kerry Library hopes to continue the promotion of books and libraries as an enjoyable and rewarding activity throughout the summer,” added Eamon.
For more information contact: Killarney Library at 064-6632655 or check out our website www.kerrylibrary.ie or better still give a call to Killarney Library.

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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