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Olympic Rower Aileen Crowley makes Muckross Rowing Club history

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Aileen Crowley’s selection for next month’s Olympics is a historic first for Muckross Rowing Club.

Although currently a member of Old Collegians Boat Club in Dublin where she is currently based she has become the first former female member of Muckross Rowing Club to get selected to represent Ireland in the Olympic Games.

She joins Muckross members Paul Griffin (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008), Sean Casey (Beijing 2008) and Cathal Moynihan (Beijing 2008] as an Olympian.

Crowley and her teammate Monika Dukarska (Killorglin RC) who will race in the Womens Pair.

Team Ireland has officially selected thirteen rowers to compete across six boats at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. The strength and depth in Irish rowing has been to the fore over the past number of years, with the Irish squad travelling to Tokyo as some of the most successful rowers on the circuit, containing multiple World and European Champions and medallists. The Olympic Rowing Regatta takes place in the Sea Forest Waterway near Tokyo and runs from July 23 until July 30.
“This is great news today with the formal selection of the Irish rowers who will race at the Tokyo Olympics, across a record six boats which have been qualified for the Games postponed from last year,” Tim O’Shea, Muckross Rowing Club’s PRO.
“We are especially delighted for Aileen Crowley former junior rower and Irish Championship winner with Muckross RC and her partner and fellow Killorglin native Monika Dukarska (Killorglin RC) who will race in the Womens Pair.
Aileen becomes the fourth rower and first female rower to have rowed with Muckross and be selected for an Olympic Games.”

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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