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Lakers and Kilkenny in showdown for the Shield

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Scotts Lakers v Paris Texas Kilkenny
Sunday at 3pm
(Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre)

A full house is expected at the Auracle on Sunday afternoon as the Scotts Lakers host Kilkenny with the Division 1B Shield up for grabs. It has been a rollercoaster first year back in the big time but a win in their final game would secure a precious piece of silverware for Killarney’s favourite sports team. With the teams neck and neck at the summit, it promises to be a fiercely competitive encounter.

The Lakers’ fine run of form came to an abrupt end in the capital last weekend as they lost by five to the Dublin Lions. A poor first quarter showing left them with too much to do and despite Antuan Bootle and Dailian Mason combining for 56 points, they fell to their first defeat in six games.

Luckily, their biggest title rivals also came up short on Saturday. Matt St Amour got 39 points for LIT as they triumphed over Kilkenny in Limerick, a result which means the Lakers remain three points clear in first. Kilkenny have a game in hand, however, and they’re very firm favourites to overcome bottom-of-the-table Galway on Saturday evening. The Titans have only won two games all season.

If Kilkenny slip up but then go on to beat the Lakers, the sides will be level and will have to be separated by points difference. Cormac O’Donoghue’s team are currently 32 points better off so only a right hammering on Sunday would knock them off the top.

If, as expected, Kilkenny win on Saturday, the clash in Killarney the following day will be a straight, winner-takes-all decider.

Division 1B isn’t necessarily where the Lakers want to be operating but victory in the Shield will be a nice touch and give them something to build on for next season. They gave a good account of themselves against some of the teams challenging for the 1A crown earlier on in the campaign so they’re certainly not a million miles away. It’s the club’s first time back in the National League in almost a decade so if you offered them a piece of silverware back in September, I’m sure they would have taken it.

A big home performance this weekend and, of course, a victory would be a great way to sign off for the regular season.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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