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Lakers host playoff hopefuls in final home game

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National League Div 1

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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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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