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Scotts Lakers v Sligo All-Stars

Saturday at 7.30pm

Killarney Sports Centre

 

Your Scotts Lakers play their 24th and final game of the 2018/19 regular season on Saturday night and with a playoff berth already guaranteed, they can rest assured knowing that the hard work is done. For now.

 

The Lakers have their biggest match of the year the following Saturday when they face DBS Éanna in the semi-final of the playoffs, with the winner advancing to Division 1 final in WIT on Sunday. The winners of that decider will gain automatic promotion to the Super League while the runners-up will have the option of a playoff with the second-lowest ranked team in the top tier.

 

There’s no doubting that the Killarney side are outsiders at this moment in time but the prospect of Super League basketball is a mighty big carrot for the club to go above and beyond and cause an upset. When you look at it in the simplest terms, the Lakers are two wins away from returning to the highest level of Irish basketball. As impressive as they have been this season, there’s no guaranteeing that they’ll be in the same position 12 months down the line

 

Éanna will be an extremely tough proposition - they beat the Lakers by 16 points on February 23 – but Cormac O’Donoghue’s side rightly believe that on their day they have the potential to beat anyone.

 

Before that big showdown in Dublin, Paul’s have this home game against Sligo to worry about and while it may not mean much to the hosts, it certainly holds major significance for the opposition. Heading into the final round of fixtures, Sligo are currently joint second with the Dublin Lions in the Northern Conference with an identical record of 16-6.

 

The sides split the season series but the Dubliners lead by virtue of their superior points difference in those two games against Sligo (Sligo 80-77 Dublin Lions, Dublin Lions 110-100 Sligo), so victory over the Limerick Celtics on Saturday will secure second.

 

Strangely enough, the Lions game is tipping off at 6pm in Limerick, an hour and a half before the Sligo game, so the Lakers’ opponents will know exactly where they stand by the time the match in Killarney begins.

 

Although this is the final home league game of the season, local basketball fans will have the opportunity to see the Lakers in action at least one more time at the Auracle.

 

The end of season League Cup competition gets underway on March 30/31 and the Lakers will host the seventh seed team in the north, LYIT Donegal, in Round 1. If they win, they will also have home advantage in the quarters, against IT Carlow or Ulster University, on April 6/7. The semis and the final will be played in Dublin the following weekend, on April 13/14.

 

Pic: Eamonn Keogh.

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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