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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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