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Memorial Pool Tournament raises €1,800 for Pieta House

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CHEQUE: Shane Dennehy with Siobhain Coakley from The Corner Bar in Barraduff presented a cheque for €1,800 to Con O'Connor from Pieta House Kerry.

The proceeds from the 9th annual Denis Michael Dennehy Memorial Pool Tournament, played over a period of two months on run up to Christmas last year, has raised a total of €1,800 for charity.

A cheque was presented by Shane Dennehy to Con O’Connor, Pieta House Kerry last week.

This hugely popular annual tournament, in memory of Denis Michael from Artigallivan, attracted a huge entry of one hundred people from both Kerry and Cork and even further afield.

“For the first time ever, we even had the ‘Leinster Championship!’ relatives of Dens that were unable to make the games in Barradubh,” Shane Dennehy, organiser of the tournament, said.

“People just want to support the tournament in any way they can, and always travel many miles to Barradubh to do so. The tournament is always played in great spirits, and the craic and banter is the most important thing to everyone, exactly what Denis would want.”

The Corner Bar, Barradubh was full to the rafters to watch the final live on the big screen on the December 22.

On a night of super entertainment and craic, with music and song provided by 10 CDs, 2017 winner Joe Guerin reclaimed the trophy beating local man Mike Ó Keefe in the final. “The party continued well into the early hours after that, with plenty singsong and dance.”

He added that the Dennehy family would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that generously sponsored raffle prizes for the night, 10 CDs for rocking the Corner Bar to its very foundations once again, and host Siobhan Coakley for putting on such a fantastic spread on the night of the final.

“And finally, of course, our many thanks to everyone that played in the tournament in November and December, or made donations, or bought raffle tickets on the night. The massive proceeds of €1,800 would not have been possible without the generosity of every single person that supported the tournament in some way, shape or form, so the Dennehy family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts once again, and we look forward to seeing ye all back in the Corner Bar next Christmas again.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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