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Munster rugby women’s captain Siobhan gives her sparkling take on life

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KERRY’S Siobhan Fleming, captain of the women’s Munster Rugby team, gave her take on life and the Women’s Interpros this week. The Currow native and her teammates Leah Lyons, Orlaith Buckley and Fiona Hayes called in to Keanes Jewellers in Cork to pick out a few pieces to give them extra sparkle this Christmas. With two wins already in the Interpros, there will be plenty to celebrate during the holidays.

It was a happy day on Saturday all round for Munster. Siobhan led her team to glory over Connacht at the Irish Independent Park, in the second of two wins, in the 2016 Interpros. This Saturday the Munster Ladies will take on Leinster at Donnybrook and are hoping for another win!

Siobhan also helped Keanes celebrate 50 years in Killarney earlier in the month, a milestone for the shop and the local community.

A special needs assistant by profession, Siobhan plays in the back row for the Munster Rugby team. “I started with Tralee RFC, November 2007,” said Siobhan.
As for the best career advice she ever received, Siobhan said: “Do the best you can do… and don’t worry about what the next person is at.”

The highlight of being a rugby player is “the team spirit, the passion and the pride that goes with rugby”, according to Siobhan. The Currow lady is a sporting all-rounder, having also played football, basketball, athletics, and badminton.

As for her best rugby memory? “I have been fortunate enough to have lots, from first caps to winning silverware with my club’s mates/friends, to getting to represent my country and be part of the magic that happened when we made history winning the grand slam in 2013, and of course being part of the team that beat New Zealand in the 2014 World Cup,” said Siobhan.

The rugby star added: “Any day I get the privilege to wear the red and white jersey of Munster is special, but getting to run out onto a home pitch last Saturday, along-side our mascot Erin Haly, surrounded by family and friends cheering us on was something extra special that I will hold very dear to my heart forever. The final whistle couldn't come fast enough for us in the end as Connacht had found another gear and were willing to punish us, if given half the chance. But the fight and bravery of my teammates was exceptional.

“Not allowing Connacht to prematurely dent our hopes of retaining the Inter provincial title for the third year running. I would like to sincerely thank Keane's Jewellers for their continued generous sponsorship and to our mascot Erin for leading the Munster Ladies onto the pitch with me. I hope it will be a unique and special a memory for Erin, as it was for me and that one day, if she should choose, she might get the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of all the Munster ladies that have gone before her to represent their magical province of Munster.”
 


 
Siobhan Fleming, right, with mascot Erin Haly, at Keanes Jewellers.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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