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New boat launched in memory of highly respected rower

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By Michelle Crean 

Members of Muckross Rowing Club paid tribute to the late James Mangan, one of the club’s most respected rowers, naming their latest state-of-the-art new ‘Filippi Four’ racing boat in his memory on Sunday.

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Crew members Ian Coffey Darragh Hogan Daniel Daly and Niall Coffey had the privilege of rowing the James Mangan on the lake. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Kate and Anna Griffin at Muckross Rowing Club at a special naming ceremony to name the latest state-of-the-art new ‘Filippi Four’ racing boat - the ‘James Mangan’ in his memory. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Fr Kieran O’Brien pictured blessing the boat. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Former World Champion rower Paul Griffin paid tribute to the late James Mangan at a special naming ceremony on Sunday at Muckross Boat House. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Members of Muckross Rowing Club paid tribute to the late James Mangan one of the club’s most respected rowers naming their new ‘Filippi Four’ racing boat - the ‘James Mangan’ in his memory. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Crew members Ian Coffey Darragh Hogan Daniel Daly and Niall Coffey had the privilege of rowing the James Mangan on the lake. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Crew members Ian Coffey Darragh Hogan Daniel Daly and Niall Coffey had the privilege of rowing the James Mangan on the lake. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Dr Patricia Mangan paid tribute to her late son James Mangan a member of Muckross Rowing Club. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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The late James Mangan rowing for Muckross in the Men’s Senior 'Sixes' at Killarney Regatta O'Mahoney's Point Lough Leane. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The special ceremony and blessing took place at Muckross Boat House.

James was the son of Dr Patricia Mangan and the late Dr Bill Mangan, Ross Road, Killarney.

He was an integral part of Muckross Rowing Club, joining as a junior in the early 1990s.

He had many honours to his name and was key to the success of Muckross Rowing Club during a golden decade on the European and world stage.

The phenomenal athlete also donned his Irish jersey while rowing for UCD. He enjoyed great success in the Muckross colours winning the Novice Sculls Championship in 1999 and the Senior Coxed Four in 2000.

He also won a Henley medal with Commercial in 2003 competing in the The Men’s Quadruple Sculls. Former World Champion rower, Paul Griffin, paid tribute to James’ incredible rowing career, as well as his very colourful and entertaining life off the water.

Fr Kieran O’Brien, blessed the boat, Dr Patricia, along with family members, William and Catherine Mangan, were joined with relatives and rowing friends to help launch the boat in the water. Muckross Rowing Club Chairman Sean Daly, with Sean Coffey, former Chairman and driving force in the club, were on hand on the day.

Crew members Ian Coffey, Darragh Hogan, Daniel Daly and Niall Coffey had the privilege of rowing the James Mangan on the lake.

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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