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NATIONAL LEAGUE BASKETBALL will make a long-awaited and welcome return to Killarney after an absence of nearly a decade and St Paul’s Killarney playing under the 'Scotts Lakers' banner will open their campaign with a home game against Dublin Lions this Saturday, September 16, at 7.30pm in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.

The new National League campaign for Scotts Lakers was launched by Brendan Griffin, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, in Scotts Hotel on Friday night.

MC for the occasion Kieran Healy introduced the various speakers to the huge crowd that attended the launch. St Paul's Basketball Club Chairman Padraig said the club has been growing at a tremendous rate in recent years catering for 400 juvenile members.

Scotts Lakers National League committee chairman Aidan Quirke spoke about the fantastic response from local businesses in Killarney and how it would not be possible to compete at national level without them. He was also lavish in his praise for Maurice O’Donoghue and Scotts Hotel for their role as the main team sponsor and also to Killarney Credit Union for coming on board as a club sponsor.

Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher recalled Killarney’s long association with basketball including the Busby Babes era and the great Gleneagle Killarney team in the 1970s and 80s under Paudie O'Connor. He praised the O’Donoghues for their support of basketball from Gleneagle in the past and the new team with Scotts Hotel support.

Mayor of Kerry John Sheahan recalled his own fond memories of attending many national league games in the past and was looking forward to attending again and supporting the club in every way.
 


 
Main photo above: Scott Lakers St Paul's Killarney Basketball team members Mark Greene, Andrew Fitzgerald, Antuan Bootle and Philip O'Connor, Captain, in full flight. PICTURES: EAMONN KEOGH


 

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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