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Killarney Rugby Club and Douglas under-16s finish on an even keel

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U16s: Killarney travelled to Douglas last Saturday for this the third-round Bowl competition league game, missing three first-choice locks, and still raw from last week’s defeat to Dolphin. With just one novice replacement travelling this was going to be a tough encounter. With Killarney receiving the kick off and immediately turning over the ball, newcomer Evan Smith managed to snaffle a loose ball from the ensuing Douglas ruck to score under the posts all within 30 seconds, Cian Murphy converted.

The training session during the week obviously gave good reward, as Killarney repelled a much bigger pack, time and again, until the 25th minute when Douglas touched down between the posts, remarkably missing the conversion, Killarney led 7-5 at half-time. Douglas had the luxury of a strong bench, and the game ebbed and flowed without any scores by either side, both sizing up the other. Douglas pressed and brought on a couple of big guns, and finally scored out wide in the 45th minute; score 10-7 to Douglas.

With 10 minutes remaining an uncharacteristic, high tackle saw captain Richard Wallace binned, Douglas must have felt that, they could hang on with time almost up. Krystian Komosa made amends for his earlier binning, and took a strong outside line, to score about ten metres in from touch, unfortunately the conversion was missed, leaving the final score 17-17. Killarney now have played three games on the road, and have accrued 6 points out of a possible 12; hopefully enough to see a playoff place with two games in hand. Next weekend is a free weekend for a much-deserved break. Training as usual on Thursday.

U18s
Killarney RFC 29, Rugbai Ch orca Dhuibhne 32. Killarney saved their best performance of the Season for this Bowl encounter against their West Kerry rivals. Clement weather conditions made for fast open rugby on Aghadoe's expansive pitch.
The hosts struck first through man-of-the-match Alan Lynch, who scythed through the Corca Dhuibhne defence and Kieran O'Connor converted. Corca Dhuibhne responded immediately with their own seven pointer. After that both teams swapped scores in a gripping entertaining contest.

Killarney led at the break following a try from Kieran O'Connor brilliantly crafted by Alan Murphy. Thomas McCloskey added another before Corca Dhuibhne replied with a second try. The visitors powered ahead in the second half but had to withstand a ferocious Killarney rally which yielded two tries from Dylan McCarthy and Alan Harte, One of which was converted by Kieran O' Connor. Corca Dhuibhne just about deserved their victory in a sporting epic encounter. Best for Killarney were Alan Lynch, Alan Harte and Thomas McCloskey. Next weekend we are due to replay our voided fixture against Abbeyfeale/Castleisland.

Seniors
Our seniors took the long trip Bantry, for the next round of the Munster Junior League, full of confidence after the excellent display against Douglas at Aghadoe last Sunday week. Ger Moynihan's charges travelled in the hope of securing vital points against the West Cork outfit who are struggling in the division this season so far. A good match ensued with Killarney getting out of the blocks quickest as Paudie Sheahan crossed the line for the visitors first try.

Cha Johnson followed with a try of his own and Paudie added to his tally with 2 penalties and 1 conversion on the day. A great result for the lads as they prepare to take on fellow Martin O'Sullivan Cup finalists next weekend at Aghadoe. This should be a great game as the lads look to continue the good form of late. With Killarney now up to 4th in the division, and the lads playing some great rugby things are well and truly looking good for the club.

Minis
Next weekend, our minis travel the short trip to Ballymalis in Listry for the next round of the West Munster Blitz. The kids are really looking forward to taking on teams from Killorglin, Castleisland and Listowel as they put all their skills into practise. Playing in blitzes helps the minis hone their skills and play against other clubs, representing the Black and Red of Killarney RFC. We will not be taking a bus to the blitz and parking will be provided onsite and at the nearby Kerry Woollen Mills. So, come along and support the kids as they represent the club with pride and have some great fun along the way!

Six Nations raffle

Killarney RFC is to hold a raffle for much sought-after Six Nations tickets. The first prize is two tickets to the Ireland V England match, while second prize is two tickets to Ireland V France. Tickets cost only €5, so be sure to enter the draw to be in with a chance to win the most sought after tickets in the country and stand shoulder to shoulder with the boys in green. Tickets are available from any player, coach or committee member.
 


 
Pictured above: The Killarney Rugby Club under-16s who drew against Douglas.

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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