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Local coach to get girls more involved in sport

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By Sean Moriarty

A well-known Killarney soccer coach will lead a Tralee club’s efforts to encourage girls aged five to 8 take up the sport.

St Brendan’s Park FC is one of only 30 clubs in Ireland and the only one in Kerry selected by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to run a new football programme fun by UEFA and Disney's Incredibles initiative.

The programme is for girls only and runs for 10 weeks. Each of the 'Disney Playmakers' 10 training sessions follow a Disney storyline and girls will be encouraged to play soccer while acting out scenes from movies like ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Incredibles’.

It is designed to be a fun and safe introduction to learning football through movement, play and the magic of Disney storytelling.

Ramona Keogh is a coach with Mastergeeha FC and one of only 33 women involved in Irish soccer to complete the FAI’s Women in Football - Emerging Leaders Programme.

As a result of her experience as a player, coach and administrator, the Tralee club approached her to run the new programme on their behalf.

“They were looking for someone with a strong coaching qualification and background,” Ramona told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I will coordinate this for St Brendan’s Park. Sometimes you see girls sitting in the car waiting, while their brother plays, this is all about getting them out of the car. It will get their mothers involved in the club too and get them more involved in their clubs.”

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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