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THANK YOU: Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan, Pat O'Neill, Henry Bartlett and Tim Jones pictured at the recent Joanne Downey Golf Classic.

 

The organisers of the Joanne Downey Golf Classic held in late September have this week thanked everybody who contributed to make it a successful event.

Held at Beaufort Golf Club on Thursday September 24, Friday 25, and Saturday 26, the committee made up of Noelle Crosbie, Tim Jones, Tim O’Sullivan, Niall 'Botty' O’Callaghan, Tommy Galvin, Dermot Cronin, Keith Cummins, Pat O’Neill and Con O’Sullivan, said that the community were incredibly generous with their donations.

The three day event saw the community rally together with 93 teams taking part which was organised to raise funds for the family of Joanne Downey, who died in a tragic road accident at the Cleeney roundabout in July.

"Heartfelt thanks to our main sponsors Independent Irish Health Foods and Killarney Lions Club without whom the event could never have happened, and to all the various tee box sponsors who were so generous and supportive and to the 93 teams that participated and made the event so enjoyable," Tim O'Sullivan from the committee told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Thanks also to Tadgh and Helen Clifford of Beaufort Golf Club who accommodated us and made everybody feel so welcome at their beautiful golf course, and to the many anonymous people who have been incredibly generous with their donations, and the people of Killarney who took this fundraising event to their hearts and showed once again what community spirit is truly all about.

"Thanks also to the many nameless tradesmen who have donated their time and craftmanship in the weeks since the golf classic we cannot thank you enough for everything that you are doing."

Winners

The results of the Golf Classic was as follows:

Overall:
1st. G. Keating – T. Sugrue – D. O’Shea 62 points.
2nd. M. Sheahan – P. Sheahan – J. Cleary 60 points.
3rd. M. Lucey – L. O’Donnell – D. Kelly 60 points.
4th. P. O’Shea – G. O’Shea – M. O’Shea 59 points.
5th. H. Kerins – J. Egan – D. Dennehy 59 points.

Best All Ladies Team: A. Mulcahy – E. Fleming – J. Dwyer 55 points.

Best Mixed Team: C. Lowe – D. Shine – J. Lowe 54 points.

Best Non GUI Team: M. Coffey – A. O’Sullivan – A. Clerkin 59 points.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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