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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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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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