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Lakers ready to start the year off right

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Scotts Lakers v Galway Titans
Saturday at 7.30pm
(Killarney Sports Centre)

Following a break from league action in recent weeks, Scotts Lakers return to Killarney Sports Centre this Saturday, January 5 and will play host to the Galway Titans.

It should be a perfect opportunity for the Lakers to get the new year off to a good start as the Galway side have struggled this season with just one win and 13 losses. The young Titans squad currently remain bottom of the Northern Conference.

Interestingly, Titans’ American Tom Rivard was a former teammate of Scotts Lakers star Seán O'Brien at Colgate University. The Galway side also have a second American in Harrison Deneka, who was actually released by Scotts Lakers at the start of the season. Titans have some talented young players including Ben Kelly, Matthew Sweeney and Eoin Coughlan, a son of former Killarney supremo Joe Coughlan, who was Head Coach of the St Paul's Super League team in the mid 1990s.

Scotts Lakers played in the Castleisland Christmas blitz over Christmas, losing to the Limerick Celtics and Tralee Warriors, but they enjoyed a good win over Killorglin and narrowly missed out on a place in the final after being one basket short in overall scoring differences. Considering that they were without their foreign trio of Seán O'Brien, Papito Hersisia and Dailian Mason, Scotts Lakers performed well with team captain Mark Greene continuing to display the outstanding form he has shown all season. Séamus Brosnan also did well while Andrew Fitzgerald was in sparkling form.

Lakers coach Cormac O'Donoghue is expected to have a full squad to choose from this weekend and tip-off in Killarney Sports Centre on Saturday night is at 7.30pm.

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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