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Richie’s half century rowing service rewarded

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By Michelle Crean

For over 50 years one local man has been involved in rowing - and he was rewarded at the weekend for his contribution and dedication.

Flesk Valley Under 18 girls who won bronze medals at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. From l-r were: Donal Kelly Saoirse Sweeney Danielle O'Shea Eilis Mullane Caoimhe Kelly Paul Burke (Cox) and Colm Kelly (mascot).

Flesk Valley Under 14 boys who won gold and silver at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. Pictured were: Cormac Flanagan Patrick Mullane Shay McCormack Kai McManus Shane Tomlinson Hubert Sobilo Aodhagán O'Sullivan and Daniel Fennelly.

Flesk Valley Under 16 boys who won silver at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. Front: Dimitris Charalampakis and Gearoid Sugrue. Back: Jamie Daly Adam Counihan and Mark McCarthy.

Flesk Valley Under 12 girls who won gold at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. Pictured were: Órlaith O'Sullivan Siun Morrissey Roisin Rea Jennifer Rea and Blathnaid O'Connell.

Flesk Valley Under 12 boys who won gold at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. From l-r were: Aodhagán O'Sullivan Shane Tomlinson Colm and Colm Óg Ó Súillebháin Daniel Fennelly and Hubert Sobilo.

GOLD: Flesk Valley Pre-Veteran men who won gold at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Wexford at the weekend. From l-r were: Donal Kelly Colm O Suillebhain Tadhg Kelly (Cox) Ger Sweeney and Peter O'Sullivan.

Richard Leane from Killarney's Flesk Valley Rowing Club, received the accolade from the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation at the weekend’s All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships held in Ferrybank, Co. Wexford.

As an oarsman, cox, administrator, sponsor and supporter, Richie has made an immense contribution to his own club Flesk Valley but also to rowing in Killarney and Kerry, through his involvement with the Killarney Regatta and the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association.

Never one to seek the limelight, Richie is a consistent and unheralded presence behind so many rowing events in Kerry, and you never have to look too far to see the familiar stamp of Leane’s Tool Hire at so many rowing events, Donal Kelly, from Flesk Valley Rowing Club, explained.

"Nothing is ever a problem to Richie, and his easy going and obliging nature means that he can never say no when it comes to anything related to rowing!

"Richie is much-loved and highly regarded in rowing circles, but particularly in Flesk Valley where he has made an incredible contribution to the club in practically every role, and it’s fair to say that the health of the club today is in no small way due to his consistent presence and support over many years. Apart from the many practical things that Richie does for the club, his warmth and good humour are legendary, and there’s always lots of laughter in Richie’s company when the last race has ended.

Many congratulations Richie on this well-deserved honour from all at Flesk Valley Rowing Club!"

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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