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Launch of the 234th Killarney Regatta

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REGATTA LAUNCH: At the launch of the 2019 Killarney Regatta in the Killarney Avenue Hotel were front from left: Tim Brosnan (The Handy Stores), Killarney Regatta Chairman Pat Cronin, Richard Leane (Leane's Tool Hire) and Killarney Regatta President John O'Leary. Back from left: Ulick Daly, Maurice Coffey, Kieran Murphy, Alan Lyne, Anne Tangney, Brian O'Sullivan, Kathy Brosnan, Pat O'Donoghue and Conor Griffin. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

It’s considered one of the oldest sports in Europe and on Monday night last locals once again launched the Killarney Regatta – which is now in its 234th year!

The regatta, which uses traditional timber boats, is a very popular event in the town and this year takes place at O’Mahoney’s Point on Sunday, June 30.

The launch was held in the Killarney Avenue, where the Muckross Rowing Club Ladies Crew, winners of the 1983 senior race were honoured, while the late Jimmy Mulligan Cox was fondly remembered, explained Kathy Brosnan, PRO.

“The Killarney Regatta committee wish to thank all who attended the launch and presentation night,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had the pleasure of honouring the Muckross Ladies Crew of ’81 and ’82 and all the ladies attended,”

“Two of the girls travelled from Cork on the night to share lots of memories and laughs of 38 years ago. I can see why these ladies had the winning streak as they still have a great energy and comradery together. James Mulligan Cox was fondly remembered. It was known he called these ladies “My Lovely Girls” and very precious to him by all accounts.”

Chairman Pat Cronin told lots of yarns and rowing facts, while President John O’Leary was there to present trophies, she added.

“Our President John O’Leary, an amazing man, was there to present the trophies and no doubt will be on the judging stand at our regatta. All five regatta queen representatives were in attendance and will go forward for one of them to be crowned Regatta Queen 2019.”

 

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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