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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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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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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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