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Lakers face promotion rivals in key home game

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National League: Division 1
Scotts Lakers v LYIT Donegal
Tonight at 7.30pm
Killarney Sports Centre

 

The Scotts Lakers have a golden opportunity to move up to joint second in Division 1 of the National League when they welcome promotion rivals LYIT Donegal to Killarney tomorrow night. The Lakers are currently in a tie for third with Fr Mathews but victory over LYIT will see them join their Ulster counterparts on five wins (15 points), just one win behind leaders Ballincollig.

Lakers coach Shane McCarthy will be hoping for a return to winning ways after last weekend’s disappointing cup defeat to Ballincollig but his side certainly won’t have it all their own way against LYIT. The Ulstermen have won all five of their league games to date and they made light work of Tolka Rovers in the first round of the cup, racking up 97 points in an utterly dominant display.

Led by 6’9” German centre Dominique Uhl, American all-rounder Emmanuel Payton, Spanish guard Mario Garcia and hometown hero Andrew McGeever, LYIT have scored at least 94 points in every one of their games so far in this campaign.

Payton, a native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is the second most prolific scorer in the division, averaging 30.6 points per game. Uhl, meanwhile, has been a monster on the glass, picking up an incredible 19.4 rebounds per outing. To put that into context, Toby Christensen, the Lakers’ top rebounder and the fifth best rebounder in the league, is averaging 11.3.

If the Lakers can maintain their 100% home league record against such strong opposition it would surely be their biggest victory of the season to date and it could act as a springboard for bigger and better things down the road.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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