Papito Hersisia (dunking) with Dailian Mason, Andrew Fitzgerald, John Brosnan (Manager), Cormac O’Donoghue (Coach), Mark Greene (Captain), Justin Tuason, Maurice O’Donoghue (Scotts Hotel) and Seán O’Brien. Pic: Eamonn Keogh.
St Paul’s Basketball Club Killarney, playing under the Scotts Lakers banner again this season, welcome Fr Mathews of Cork for the first home game of the new National League season in Killarney Sports Centre this Saturday night at 7.30pm.
Launching the new season campaign and sponsorship agreement, Scotts Hotel Managing Director Maurice O’Donoghue said Scotts are delighted to be involved with St Paul’s again this year and he is looking forward to some more big nights at Killarney Sports Centre. He added that the O’Donoghue family and the Gleneagle Group have a long tradition with Killarney basketball dating back almost 40 years. Three generations of the O’Donoghue family have had a great association with basketball in the town and Maurice said they were more than happy to continue with it.
His own father, the late Maurice O’Donoghue, and the recently deceased Paudie O’Connor were two forward-thinking visionary leaders who travelled to the USA to bring the very first American basketballers to Ireland in 1979.
Scotts Lakers coach Cormac O’Donoghue said that it was great to get off to a winning start on the road in Limerick last weekend and everybody is looking forward to the first home game on Saturday. “A big crowd for the home games would give the team a boost and help us gather some momentum to try and climb the league table,” Cormac added.
The league has expanded this year with more teams and extra fixtures. Cormac said the big panel of players will all have roles to play in the 14 games before Christmas, including four back-to-back double-headers in what is quite a punishing schedule.
Scotts Lakers captain Mark Greene said that it was great to bring National League basketball back to Killarney last season after such a long absence. He added that all the players are determined to push on and make a bigger impression on the league this time out.
Scotts Lakers team manager John Brosnan echoed those sentiments and with the addition of some exciting new signings, it is a very strong squad this year. He said that the support from Scotts Hotel along with generous contributions from other club sponsors, local businesses, family and patron season ticket holders make it possible for the team to compete at national level.
Exciting new American signing Seán O’Brien and Dutch power forward Papito Hersisia will both make their home debuts in Killarney Sports Centre this Saturday night. Tip-off is at 7.30pm but supporters are encouraged to arrive early with doors open from 6.30pm.
Check out Eamonn Keogh’s report on last weekend’s victory and Adam Moynihan’s preview of Saturday’s big home game in this week’s Killarney Advertiser
Pharmacy jabs begin today
By Michelle Crean Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]
By Michelle Crean
Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.
Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.
Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.
“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.
“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”
Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.
“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”
Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.
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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene
By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]
By Sean Moriarty
A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.
Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.
The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.
The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.
The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.
“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.
“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”
Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.
The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.
“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”
Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.
For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.
“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”
Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.
Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.
“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”
Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.
“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”
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