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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

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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