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NEW APP: A new innovative App, showcasing the heritage and folklore of the Kerry Way walking route, has been launched by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan at Muckross School House, Killarney. Included are: Mike Morris (Secretary Béaloideas Chiarraí), Séan De Buitléar (COLLOBOR8 South Kerry Development Partnership). Back from left were: Keith Doran (Audio/IT), Frank Hayes (Kerry Group), Johnny O’Connor (Chairman Béaloideas Chiarraí), Moira Murrell (KCC), Noel Spillane (CEO SKDP), MEP Sean Kelly, Kieran Barr (Assistant Principal Officer DEASP) and Gail McCarthy (Assistant Principal Officer DEASP). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

The link between modern technology and the old stories of long ago have been brought together with the launch of an innovative App.

The free App, which showcases the heritage and folklore of the Kerry Way walking route, was launched in Muckross School House, Killarney, by EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan.

Developed by Béaloideas Chiarraí/Kerry Folklore, the App identifies particular points of interests for walkers along the route as well as enabling them listen to local people tell stories of the area down through the years. It’s available in six languages including Irish and covers the whole of the Kerry Way route in nine stages over its 200km route.

Funding for the project was provided through the LEADER programme with match funding from Kerry Group, with the initial App and the first stage of the project being developed with funding through the INTERREG programme, again with support from Kerry Group.

“This App is a wonderful asset for the area and will enable people who visit the region the chance to get a unique sense of place experience,” Commissioner Hogan said.

The App will now help to make people aware of special sites as they pass by them as well as informing them, through the voices of the locals, as to how life was and is in the region, Commissioner Hogan added.

Kerry Folklore Committee Chairman, Johnny O’Connor, thanked all those involved in the development of the App over the last couple of years, especially the funders and the people who provided information and recorded stories for the project including coordinator Una Cosgrave-Hanley.

“Our aim in developing this App was to showcase the rich and diverse heritage and folklore that exists in South Kerry to visitors to the region, particularly the walkers who come in their thousands to experience the Kerry Way,” he said.

 

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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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