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Killarney men line out for London County GAA team

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By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney men played a key role in London’s opening two wins in the Allianz National League Division 4 title race.

Two weeks ago they took a dramatic win over Carlow in the opening round of the league. It was the first time that London won its opening league game since defeating Kilkenny in the same fixture in 2011. They came from 10 points behind to win on a score-line of 2-11 to 1-13 result at Dr Cullen Park.

Their victory was all the impressive as the London team had not played as a unit for over nearly years. They were unable to contest the last two National Leagues and All-Ireland championships as they were not allowed to travel during the pandemic.

Last weekend they overcame Waterford on a score-line of 1-12 to 2-08. It was the first time ever that the exiles won back-to-back league matches.

Former Spa player Matthew Moynihan and Conor O’Neill from Dr Crokes are amongst a group of six Kerry players on the London panel.

Moynihan, who plays his club football for Tir Chonail Gaels in London, played in the fullback position while O’Neill came on as sub – ironically to replace fellow Kerry man Thomas Lenihan from Churchill in the corner back position.

“There was great support from families from all over Ireland who came to support the exiles. You could hear them in the stands, it was a great atmosphere,” Moynihan told the Killarney Advertiser after the Carlow game.

He has been living in London, where he works as an accountant for an construction firm, since 2017.

He first made the London panel in 2019 but their 2020 campaign came to a sudden end when the pandemic forced travel restrictions just two or three games into the season.

The other Kerry players on the London panel were Cathal O Luing (An Ghaeltacht), Bobby O’Regan (Ardfert) and Chris Farley (Dromid Pearses).

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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