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Scotts Lakers to observe minute’s silence for Kobe

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A minute’s silence will be observed at Sunday’s National League match between the Scotts Lakers and the Portlaoise Panthers in memory of legendary Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who died in tragic circumstances last weekend.

Bryant, 41, and eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday. The 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion was considered by many to be one of the greatest basketballers of all time.

Since his death, tributes have poured in for the Philadelphia native with players and supporters worldwide honouring his legacy in a wide variety of ways. In the NBA on Sunday, teams began their games by intentionally taking 24-second shot clock violations (Bryant wore No. 24 in the second part of his career having first worn No. 8) and players from a number of rival teams changed their own numbers from 8 and 24, unofficially retiring the Lakers legend’s number in the process.

The Dallas Mavericks, a club Bryant never played for, announced on Monday that none of their players would ever wear No. 24 again.

In another touching gesture, many supporters around the world have left basketballs outside their front doors in Kobe’s memory.

Basketball Ireland confirmed on Tuesday that a minute’s silence would be observed at all club and schools games up until Sunday evening “in honour of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and all of the people involved in the recent tragedy. Kobe Bryant has been an inspiration to a generation of Irish basketballers.”

Scotts Lakers’ American guard Aaron Jackson posted a picture on Twitter of his Nike Kobe basketball shoes with ‘RIP Bean’ (Bryant’s nickname) written in marker on the heel.

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Jackson’s compatriot and Lakers teammate Xavier Talton also paid tribute to Bryant on Instagram.

“This one hurts… You played a huge impact on me coming up in this game. Embodied everything it meant to have work ethic, character, passion, drive… Rest easy with your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the families of the other individuals who passed.”

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It’s a big weekend for Killarney’s Lakers who are facing into a tricky double-header against Tolka Rovers and the Portlaoise Panthers. With their closeset rivals, Fr Mathews, only playing once this week, Shane McCarthy’s side will move into second if they can defeat both Tolka away on Saturday and the Panthers at home the day after.

Tip-off in Killarney on Sunday is at 3pm.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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