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Rathmore school in All-Ireland basketball finals

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A Rathmore school is one of three from Kerry taking part in the Pinenergy All-Ireland Schools Cup national finals next week.

Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra has qualified for the Under 16 Boys A Final.

They will face Coláiste Éanna (Dublin) at 2pm on Wednesday in a bid to be crowned All-Ireland champions.

The other Kerry schools in the competition are St Joseph’s (Ballybunion) and Mercy Mounthawk (Tralee).

The Ballybunion school face The Teresian School (Dublin) on Tuesday in the Under 16 Girls B final while the Tralee team are in action on Thursday.

They face Calasanctius College, Oranmore (Galway) in the Under 16 Girls A final.

The All-Ireland Schools Cup is one of the marquee events in the Irish basketball calendar.

Teams and fans from across the country flock to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght for the three-day competition.

“The National Basketball Arena is always packed with fans powering their players on from the stands, and we have no doubt that there will be some incredible skill on show in next week’s finals,” Head of Marketing at Pinergy, David Slattery, said.

Phobail Sliabh Luachra beat the North Mon of Cork in the semi-final which was played in December. This is the first time that the U16 team reached the A Cup Final.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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