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New tournament will celebrate Niall’s love of football

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HONOUR: Niall McGillicuddy’s sister Jane, father Daithi, mother Sheila and sister Ellen with Kerry Football Manager Peter Keane at the launch of the ‘Niall McGillicuddy Memorial Cup’. Photo Sean Moriarty

 

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By Michelle Crean

A brand new football tournament is planned to honour the late Niall McGillicuddy, who was one of Kerry’s finest young football players.

Yesterday (Thursday), Kerry Manager Peter Keane launched the ‘Niall McGillicuddy Memorial Cup’ at 4pm on the balcony of the International Hotel.

Killarney Legion GAA plan to run the football tournament on Saturday, August 17 in memory of Niall, a former player with their underage academy, who died of Leukaemia last October, aged just 16.

The club said it’s not a fundraiser, but more a celebration of Niall’s love of football.

“Last October the McGillicuddy family suffered an incalculable and devastating loss with the untimely passing of their much loved son and brother Niall,” Pat Moynihan, a member of organising committee, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The entire community of Killarney and beyond was overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief when this earth-shattering news broke. Nowhere outside of the family was this loss more keenly felt than in Killarney Legion GAA Club.”

He explained that Niall had been a constant presence in Derreen since a very young boy and they had all watched him develop into a talented and dedicated Gaelic footballer, but more importantly into a hugely popular, kind and considerate young man.

“We were all looking forward to sharing in what was destined to be an honour laden and successful future both on and off the field of play.

“As family, friends and club colleagues of Daithi, Sheila, Ellen and Jane, we all wished there was something we could do in any small way, to ease the pain of their unspeakable loss. In truth of course there really isn’t much one can do except offer friendship and companionship which comes naturally in the GAA where club truly is family.”

However, he added that when the family indicated that they might like to do something to commemorate Niall’s memory, they didn’t have to ask again.

“A small committee was set up initially to explore various options, but really it was always going to be football, and following consultation with the family, the ‘Niall McGillicuddy Memorial Cup’ was conceived. This is an U16 competition, the age Niall will always be now, and is a one day competition taking place on August 17. Niall had friends in many clubs through his involvement in school teams, divisional sides and development squads and it was these friendships and indeed great rivalries which dicated the teams to be invited this year,” he said.

 

“The whole club is involved in the organisation of the event and we are confident that the tournament will be a fitting tribute to a very special and much missed son, brother and friend.”

 

 

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

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​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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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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