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Lakers get off to impressive start but Ballincollig take the spoils

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DESPITE an impressive start, Scotts Lakers were overpowered by Ballincollig in the Hula Hoops President’s Cup semi-final in the Neptune Stadium Cork last Saturday night, Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 74, Ballincollig BC 98.

The Cork side took over in the second quarter and never looked back. Cameron Clark was the star man as he showcased his shooting touch to carry Ballincollig to triumph.

Scotts Lakers came out of the blocks with all guns blazing. Ballincollig were unable to keep up with their pace for the first few minutes but they settled fairly soon afterwards. Dailian Mason of St Paul’s did a fantastic job of controlling the pace of the game as he ran the point. For Ballincollig, both Ronan and Ciaran O’Sullivan moved the ball well and created shots for themselves to lead at the end of the first, 19-22.

Ballincollig’s American Cameron Clark absolutely ignited in the second quarter; it seemed like he was unable to miss. Ballincollig completely controlled the tempo for the remainder of the half with thanks to the O’Sullivans and Clark. Dan Griffin and Antuan Bootle contributed for St Paul’s but it was Ballincollig who led at the half, 39-55.

No matter what Scotts Lakers managed to do, Ballincollig were able to match them. Cameron Clark continued to dominate on both sides of the floor due to his sheer athleticism. Ballincollig made shot after shot and committed little to no violations in what was an extremely strong quarter for the Corkmen, where they led 53-79.

Both teams played the same style of basketball as they had in the previous three. The problem for St Paul’s was that they were playing with a substantial deficit and they weren’t doing anything extraordinary to claw at Ballincollig’s lead. Big shots from Ballincollig’s main men, the O’Sullivan’s, Clark and Dylan Corkery, ensured that they ran out eventual winners, 74-98.

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney top scorers: Antuan Bootle 27, Dailian Mason 13, Padraig Lucey 12, Mark Greene 9, Dan Griffin 8, Philip O'Connor 3, Andrew Fitzgerald 2.

Ballincollig BC top scorers: Cameron Clark 39, Ciaran O’Sullivan 18, Ronan O’Sullivan 18
 


 
Above: Padraig Lucey, Scotts Lakers  St Paul's Killarney, breaks away from Ciaran O'Sullivan and Cameron Clark, Ballincollig, in the President’s National Cup semi-final in  The Neptune Stadium, Cork last Saturday night. Pic: Eamonn Keogh

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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