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Scotts Lakers set for President’s Cup semi-final against Ballincollig

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SCOTTS LAKERS will start the New Year with a very important President’s Cup semi-final against Ballincollig tomorrow, Saturday, January 6, in the Neptune Stadium, Cork, at 8pm. The other semi-final featuring Neptune against Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin will go ahead this evening, Friday, January 5, at 8.30pm.

It is a big achievement by the Killarney side to reach the cup semi-final and opponents Ballincollig will be firm favourites in this tie. The Cork side are in second place on the league table with just two defeats and when the sides clashed in November, Ballincollig enjoyed a comfortable 98-75 win over the Lakers. It was a match where they also scored a remarkable 15 three-pointers spread across seven different players so they have several threats to cause the Lakers problems again.

Coached by former Tralee Tigers league winner Kieran O'Sullivan, the Cork side have top quality foreign players in Cameron Clarke and Pere Tres while Ronan O’Sullivan and Ciarán O’Sullivan are two of the best Irish players in the league.

However Scotts Lakers have showed very encouraging signs throughout the season that they can match up well against any opposition when playing to full potential. Both sides clashed in the Castleisland blitz last week with the Lakers coming out on top. The Lakers eventually lost the premier men's final to Tralee Warriors by six points after putting up a great performance.

Scotts Lakers coach Cormac O'Donoghue will have his side well prepared for this clash. The Castleisland blitz games and last weekend's league win over Sligo kept the team very active over the festive season and were better preparation than any training sessions.

Ballincollig's three-point scoring threat is well documented and if they repeat he 15 three-pointers again, Lakers will not be able to match them. Better defence and dominating an inside game is probably Scotts Lakers best chance of progressing to a cup final. The Killarney side have one of the biggest and strongest Americans in the league in Antuan Bootle, a player capable of troubling any team under the boards when he plays close to the basket. It will also be a huge game for the Lakers other big men Padraig Lucey, Andrew Fitzgerald, Dan Griffin and Paul Clarke under the boards. Elsewhere on the backcourt, the likes of Justin Tuason, Mark Greene, Dailian Mason, Philip O'Connor and Shane Horgan will also have to be at their best to bring the Lakers over the line.
League form, table positions, previous meetings and general levels of consistency will all point towards a Ballincollig victory. It will be a tough challenge for Scotts Lakers but a win is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Scotts Lakers finished the year on a high with a five-point win over Sligo All Stars in Killarney Sports Centre last Saturday afternoon.
This was a closely contested encounter and it was only in the third quarter that the Lakers managed to pull away and enjoy a narrow advantage that they held on to for the remainder of the game.

The match started on a sad note with the news of the death of the mother of Lakers player Justin Tuason. A minute’s silence was observed before the tip-off and St Paul's and Scotts Lakers offer sincere condolences to Justin and his family at this time.

Scotts Lakers will run a supporters bus to the President's Cup semi-final tomorrow, n the Neptune Stadium if there is enough interest. If enough supporters are willing to travel on it, the bus will depart the High Street car park, Killarney, at 5.30pm.The match is at 8pm and the bus will return to Killarney afterwards. The cost is €10 for the return journey per person. Further details from club officers or on the St Paul’s Killarney Facebook page.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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