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Public meeting planned for future of men’s basketball

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A public meeting to discuss the future of National League Men’s Basketball in Killarney will take place in Scott's Hotel, Killarney this Wednesday, at 7.30pm.

National League basketball returned to Killarney in 2017 after a nine year absence and Scotts Lakers St Paul's have enjoyed very successful campaigns on the court since then. The side is currently in second place on the division one men’s table and may be in a position to challenge for promotion to the Superleague.

Crowds at Killarney Sports Centre over the past three years have been among the biggest attendances across the division one and Superleague. Clearly there is an appetite and support for top flight basketball in Killarney and club officers are anxious to generate feedback to plan for the future of the game in the town.

This public meeting is open to everyone and all views and opinions will be welcome and appreciated.
Killarney has a strong and proud basketball tradition dating back several decades. The Scotts Lakers National League committee are appealing to anyone who has been involved in basketball over the years to make a special effort to attend. It is open to past and present players, officers and supporters, parents of juvenile players and also to people who never played or were involved in the game but are interested in airing their views.

There is a huge juvenile participation of over 400 young players in St Paul's Basketball Club and having a senior team competing at national level gives these young
players something to aspire to for the future. The presence of the Lakers American and European players involved in the coaching and development of the club's juvenile teams has been a very positive step in recent years and the emergence of more and more talented young players is encouraging for the future of basketball in Killarney.

There is a proud tradition and great history of National League basketball in Killarney. The late Paudie O'Connor and the Gleneagle St Vincent's brought in the first Americans to Irish Basketball in 1979, and enjoyed National League success at the time. St Vincent's competed in the National League until 1987. St Paul's Basketball Club, founded in 1985, first entered the National League in 1993 and competed at Superleague level until 2008 and division one until 2009.

St Paul's returned to National League action in 2017 under the Scotts Lakers banner and have established themselves as one of the top teams in division one since then.

A big turnout at the public meeting would certainly demonstrate the support for the continuation of National League basketball in Killarney.

 

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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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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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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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