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Schools battle it out in 20th annual CU quiz

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QUIZ: Winners of the Credit Union Schools Quiz U13 section; first place went to Gaelscoil Faithleann. Second place went to St Oliver’s National School, third place position went to Cahir National School in Kenmare and fourth place position went to Scoil Bhríde. Also pictured is John Long (Killarney Credit Union Director) and Karena McCarthy (Youth and Marketing Officer).

 

 

The INEC was filled to capacity on Sunday last where 74 primary school teams from all over South Kerry competed in the annual Killarney Credit Union School Quiz.

 

St Johns National Schools, Kenmare emerged victorious in the U11 category and Gaelscoil Faitleann, Killarney came first in the 11-13 age category - their third year in a row to win the coveted title.

 

This year, nearly 300 primary school pupils were represented in the quiz from schools all over South Kerry. Killarney Credit Union has been hosting the school quiz for over 20 years.

 

In the U11 category, first place went to St John’s National School represented by Tiarnan O Shea, Laura Stauch, Orla O’Reilly and Billy Lynch. Second place went to Gaelscoil Faithleann with team members made up of Amelia Ní Chearbhaill Cheallaigh, Aodhagán O Sulleabháin, Leo Mac Aílín and Siún Ní Mhuiríosa. Third place was awarded to Fossa National School with team members Ben Kavanagh, Cathal O’Halloran, Jack Sheehan and Donncha Kissane O’Sullivan. Fourth place went to St Oliver’s National School represented by Mark Looney, Anna Kate Neeson, Maria Clayton and Jack Culloty.

In the U13 section, first place went to Gaelscoil Faithleann represented by Dara Ní Chárthaigh,  Muireann Ní Dhonnchú, Senan Mac Coitir, and Lily Ní Churnáin. Second place went to St Oliver’s National School represented by Colm O’Brien, Mark O’Shea, Kevin Looney and Conor Regan. The third place position went to Cahir National School, Kenmare with team members Cathal McSwiney, Gaspar Laudran O’Connor, Connie Guerin and Yvonne Daly. Fourth place position went to Scoil Bhríde Loreto with team members Laura Healy, Paddy Moore, David Courtney and Fionn McCarthy.

Each participating school received a gift from Killarney Credit Union.

“We would like thank all those that participated in the quiz this year, and parents, pupils and teachers who attended on the day,” Karena McCarthy, Marketing Officer with Killarney Credit Union said.

“Due to the extended number of teams competing this year, we gave a fourth place position to schools. We would also like to acknowledge the staff, management and volunteers who helped out on the day also in correcting, stewarding and adjudication. I would also like to acknowledge the long distances that many schools had to travel on the day and thank them for participating in the quiz.”

Each of the winners received trophies and a perpetual cup will be given to the first placed winning national schools.

 

The first and second placed winning teams in each category will now go on to represent their school at the Chapter 23 Kerry and West Limerick Regional Quiz on Sunday, March 1 in the Ballyroe House Hotel, at 2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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