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GOLF LAUNCH: At the launch of the Pat Delaney Memorial Golf Classic in Killarney Credit Union on Friday were front from left: Catherine Barry, John Long (Chairperson Chapter 23 Credit Unions), Neil Coffey, Mark Murphy (CEO of Killarney Credit Union), Bridget Delaney, Aodhan and Gary O'Halloran, Johnny Brosnan and Tim Ryan. Back from left are: Paudie Dineen (Kerry GAA Hurling Officer), Mike Leahy, Denis Coffey, Patrick Delaney, Pat O'Brien, Dan Kelleher, Dermot Griffin, Ger Galvin and John O'Leary. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

The official launch of the Pat Delaney Memorial Golf Classic took place on Friday, May 17 in Killarney Credit Union.

The inaugural golf classic is being organised by his colleagues in St Pats East Kerry where Pat was Vice President and former Chairman of St Pats East Kerry Hurling Club for a number of years prior to his passing on June 2, last year.

“Pat was an instigator of and a familiar figure at the annual St Pats golf classic, meeting and greeting competitors as they arrived at the Ross Golf Club,” Pat O’Brien of East Kerry Hurling Club said.

“He managed the finances, sourced teams, distributed the goody bags and score cards and did all the many little and large jobs attached to running a successful golf outing. It was an uncanny coincidence that Pat passed away on the morning of last year’s golf classic, and it is a fitting tribute to mark his passing by organising this event in his honour,” he said.

Killarney Credit Union have sponsored the Memorial Cup for presentation to the winners of the golf classic. The event is a three-man scramble over 18 holes at Ross Golf Club, Killarney, and will be held on Saturday, June 1, commencing at 8am.

Mark Murphy, CEO of Killarney Credit Union added that they are delighted to be associated with this event honouring the late Pat Delaney.

“Pat was on the credit union board of directors for five years and played a vital role in the development of the credit union. He was held in very high esteem by board, management and staff, and always gave generously of his time to the work of the credit union. He is sorely missed by all who knew him, and this event is a wonderful dedication to his memory,” he said.

St Pats East Kerry is delighted to have the blessing of Pat’s widow Brigid for renaming the golf classic in memory of her husband. The proceeds of the golf classic will go towards the running costs of the juvenile hurling teams of the club.

Any teams who would like to take part in the Pat Delaney Memorial Golf Classic can contact Pat O’Brien on 087 4158773.

 

 

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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