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Local pharmacy steps 163 years back in time

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By Michelle Crean

One local business has stepped 163 years back in time this week – by digging out some very old antiques to put on public display.
Sewell’s Pharmacy on High St, Ireland’s oldest family run pharmaceutical business, has added a very unique look to their windows with the addition of some of the original equipment used over the last five generations.
Included is a prescription book from 1932, a Materia Medica book from 1935, the Sale of Poisons and the Practice of Pharmacy Acts book from 1938 and the British Pharmacopoeia from 1953. There’s also many older instruments including glass bottles and equipment which date further back. And it’s creating a very interesting talking point in the town.
However, the items can’t stay too long as they are so old that they could get damaged by the light over time.
The business was originally opened in New St in 1856, then moved to the corner of number 1 High St in 1885. Later, in 1968, it was extended into number 2 with the purchase of the premises next door, Ian Trant who now runs the pharmacy told the Killarney Advertiser.
“My great-great-grandfather John Sewell opened the business in 1856, then his son John took over, followed by his son Jack, then Jack’s son John, who died in a car crash in 1962. Then my mother Mary Sewell took over. She married my father John Trant, who was an engineer with Kerry County Council, based in Killarney.”
Ian, who is a trained pharmacist is married to pharmacist Sylvia Kelleher who also works in the shop.
In 1987, Ian returned home to Killarney from Dublin, where he had been living for some time and took over the running of the pharmacy.
“My grandfather Jack was also married to a pharmacist, Evelyn Hoy, whose 1922 certificate is in the window,” Ian explained.
All the old antiques are stored upstairs above the pharmacy, he added, and some are with Paul Curtis in Muckross House.
“Maybe in time I’ll donate them to the national museum or whoever is interested in them.”

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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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