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Local man’s sports business wins UCC’s competition

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SUCCESS: Patrick O’Regan has won a prestigious University College Cork entrepreneur competition.

By Sean Moriarty
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Better known for his roles as the secretary of Spa GAA Club or as a player for St Paul’s Basketball Club, Killarney man Patrick O’Regan has been declared the winner of the IGNITE business start-up-competition organised by University College Cork.

The Coolcorcoran man’s business start-up project, entitled ‘Reach The Top’ will help ease the difficult process faced by National Collegiate Athletic Association in America that wish to recruit potential international basketball stars.

While his online and cloud project is suitable for all sports and includes a secondary element where clubs can use software to analyse matches and player performances to get it off the ground, he will concentrate on US basketball.

“We are going to tog off here in Ireland and play ball in America,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.
Collegiate basketball is big business in America with many colleges having multi-million dollar budgets.
Currently, US-based scouts would fly around the world looking for new talent. Aside from the expense of all of this there is an incredible amount of paperwork and administration involved. All of this is time consuming and expensive.

Mr O’Regan’s platform aims to streamline this process and make the application easier for both the player and the university.

He also hopes to put more potential players in front of colleges, which will reduce the current expense and allow colleges to vet more potential athletes.

“We are doing all the pre-screening work for the colleges and on behalf of the athlete,” he added. “It will reduce the admin time significantly and reduce the costs for colleges who fly around the world looking for potential players. It will also help players from disadvantaged backgrounds get further up the ranks.”
IGNITE nurtures start-ups from an idea to commercial reality and this is the 13th group of graduates to complete the programme. Seven entrepreneurs including Patrick have become the first founders to complete the IGNITE programme entirely online this year.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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