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Scotts Lakers 89, Galway Titans 60

Scotts Lakers returned to winning ways with an emphatic victory over Galway Titans in Killarney Sports Centre on Saturday night. It was a magnificent all-round team performance from the home side and they laid the foundation for this victory early in the second quarter when they went on a 16-0 run to set them up for a comfortable win.

Titans were competitive throughout the first quarter with big American Keegan Ryan leading the way and the visitors were 25-22 in front at the end of the first quarter.

Antuan Bootle already had nine points for Scotts Lakers at this early stage but was rested for long periods of the match as Coach Vojkan Bencic utilised his full bench.

New signing Dan Griffin, Mark Greene, Justin Tuason , Padraig Lucey ,Andrew Fitzgerald, Mihail Kapitanov and Cian Clernon were all on target as Lakers hit 16 unanswered points to open up a 43-29 lead.

The Killarney side stayed in front to lead 50-33 at half-time and maintained that advantage to stay 68-49 in front at the end of the third quarter.

A Titans comeback was never on the cards and the final quarter was a mere formality. Scotts Lakers finished the match with five local Killarney players all on the court at the same time with young Dylan O'Sullivan outstanding alongside team captain Philip O'Connor, Andrew Fitzgerald and veterans Shane Horgan and Keith O'Grady.

A comfortable 29-point win in the end and it was easily Lakers best display of the season so far. However Titans didn't offer much resistance and much tougher tests lie ahead including an away game in Ballincollig next Saturday.

Scotts Lakers: Mark Greene 17, Antuan Bootle 15, Andrew Fitzgerald 11, Cian Clernon 11, Padraig Lucey 11, Dan Griffin 8, Dylan O'Sullivan 6, Mihail Kapitanov 4, Justin Tuason 3 Philip O'Connor 3 Shane Horgan, Keith O'Grady.

Titans: Keegan Ryan 29, Tom Fabricuss 10, Jan Stec 8

A minute's silence was held before this match in memory of Neptune and Ireland Under 18 star Liam Chandler, who sadly passed away at the weekend.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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