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Lucey returns as Lakers bounce back in Limerick

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Limerick Celtics 75
Scotts Lakers 98

Scotts Lakers bounced back to winning ways with a comprehensive 23-point victory over Limerick Celtics in St Munchin’s last Saturday night. After two recent defeats, it was a badly needed victory for the Killarney side and it puts them back in second place on the league table. It also gets them in the right frame of mind for a big National Cup clash away to Dublin Lions this weekend.

This was a match that the Lakers were always in control of. The welcome return of Pádraig Lucey was a big boost and the Killarney side were 24-15 in front at the end of the first quarter. Seán O’Brien was back to his best and he knocked down 18 points in the first half as team coach Cormac O’Donogue ran his full bench. All eleven players featured prominently in the opening half.

The Lakers enjoyed a 45-35 advantage at half-time and started the second half in convincing fashion. Papito Hersisia, Andrew Fitzgerald and Pádraig Lucey dominated the boards while Seán O’Brien, Séamus Brosnan, Mark Greene, Dailian Mason and Cian Clernon were also prominent as the Killarney men opened up a 73-51 lead by the end of the third.

Seán O’Brien sat out the closing minutes of the third quarter and was also rested for the final period but his able replacement Justin Tuason kept the Lakers in firm control. Big Papito Hersisia was also rested as Pádraig Lucey, Andrew Fitzgerald and Shane McCarthy continued to dominate the rebounds battle against a struggling Limerick outfit. In the end, Scotts Lakers had 23 points to spare with an outstanding overall team performance. They shot 10 from 21 three-point attempts and converted 12 from 14 free throws, and this result pushed them up to six wins and two losses on the league table.

Team coach Cormac O’Donoghue was pleased with the great team performance.

“It was good to get a win after two tough losses, especially with a huge cup game coming up this weekend,” he said. “Our defence was definitely better, which it needed to be after coughing up big scores the last two weekends. I felt it was a perfect response to a poor performance last week and we shared the ball much better. It was good that everyone got minutes before next weekend.”

Scotts Lakers face a difficult National Cup clash away to Dublin Lions at Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin this Saturday night (October 27) at 6.30pm.

Scotts Lakers: Seán O’Brien (29), Papito Hersisia (22), Séamus Brosnan (9), Justin Tuason (8),  Mark Greene (7), Cian Clernon (7), Dailian Mason (6), Andrew Fitzgerald (6), Pádraig Lucey (4), Shane McCarthy and James Murphy.

Limerick Celtics top scorers: Turrell Morris (29), Fabio Hernandez (13) and Shane O'Connell (11).

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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