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Scotts Lakers v LYIT: Five things to watch out for

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National League Division 1B
Scotts Lakers v LYIT Donegal
Saturday, February 17 at 7.30pm
(Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre)

1. Five in a row?

After an inconsistent first half of the season, the Lakers finally seem to have found their feet in the National League. The 65-60 win over Sligo in the final game of 2017 has been followed up with impressive victories over LIT (97-77), the Titans (69-113) and, most recently, Sligo again (75-81).

That six-point road win last weekend was particularly encouraging as the All-Stars played quite well and provided a stern challenge to the visiting Lakers right up to the final minute. Antuan Bootle had 24 points and 11 rebounds in another dominant display while Englishman Dailian Mason added 15. Andrew Fitzgerald and Mark Greene also chipped in with 13 points each.

2. Lakers can make it a two-horse race

The Lakers currently find themselves at the summit of Division 1B with Kilkenny three points behind with a game in hand. LYIT are a further three points back in third so a win this evening will send the Lakers nine points clear of them with three games to play.

That would very much make it a two-horse title race between the Lakers and Kilkenny, who face each other in the Auracle on the last day of the regular season.

Cormac O’Donoghue’s team will also be looking for a bit of payback as the Ulstermen defeated the Lakers back in October by a single point.

3. LYIT out of form

LYIT make the long, long trip down from Donegal on the back of two consecutive defeats. Since the league was divided into two after Christmas, they’ve lost to Sligo (94-80) and also to Kilkenny (58-81). Another defeat this weekend would all but end their Division 1B aspirations.

Tonight's clash with the Lakers is the first leg of a double header for Chaz Walter and co. as they face the LIT Celtics in Limerick tomorrow.

4. Bootle continues to be the focal point

Antuan Bootle has been great at times this season and with Justin Tuason recovering from surgery on a hand injury, the 6’8” powerhouse is guaranteed maximum floor time.

Tuason and Bootle had shared minutes earlier in the season but now the Lakers need the big Bahamian-American to be consistently on it. He has certainly done well of late, averaging 23.75 points over the last four games.

5. Another great show at the Auracle

After a month-long break and with a nice piece of silverware on the horizon, Killarney’s basketball fans are expected to turn out in force for their team’s second last home league game of the season.

Another great night of entertainment lies ahead at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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