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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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Dan Tim to drive sheep over London bridge

London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday. Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry. He employs over one thousand […]

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London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday.

Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry.

He employs over one thousand people through his labour hire firm ‘Danny Sullivan and Sons’, and has employed countless Kerry people, many of them from his native South Kerry, since its foundation in the mid-1980s.

The Freedom of the City of London allows the bearer to herd one hundred sheep over the landmark Tower Bridge.

However, logistical issues and traffic management plans mean the number of sheep has been reduced to less than 10 and the event will now take place over nearby Southwark Bridge.

London-based news channels, including the BBC, are expected to cover the event while hundreds of his family and friends from South Kerry will be in London to witness the unique event.

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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