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National League: Division 1
Scotts Lakers 125
Limerick Celtics 106

Saturday marked the Scotts’ Lakers final home game of the calendar year and they signed off in style with a superb 19-point win over the Limerick Celtics.

Limerick were victorious in the reverse fixture on opening night but they encountered a much different outfit this time out as the Killarney club secured three crucial points in their quest to earn promotion to the Super League.

The result leaves the Lakers third in Division 1, just one win behind Fr Mathews with 10 games remaining. Leaders Ballincollig are still undefeated so it appears as though the Lakers and Mathews will be fighting it out for second, and a spot in the league final, in the New Year.

If Saturday’s performance is anything to go by, local basketball fans have every reason to be optimistic heading into 2020.


The Lakers flew out of the blocks against the Celtics and experienced shooting guard O’Neill drained three early threes to help establish an 11-2 lead. When Aaron Jackson got up for a spectacular dunk moments later, the Lakers were rolling.

Danish forward Tobias Christensen was a major factor throughout and he showed his versatility with three very different plays in a matter of seconds. First, he snuck inside for a lay-up, then he showed his defensive capabilities with a strong block at the other end, and finally he broke away on transition and lobbed an alley-oop that was acrobatically converted (with a lay-up) by Aaron Jackson. This opened up an imposing 17-2 lead and the Celtics were already on the ropes.

Spaniard Carlos Hortelano scored six straight points to settle the visitors’ nerves but another three by O’Neill, his fourth, kept the Lakers ticking over.

New American signing Xavier Talton replaced Jackson towards the end of the first and the home debutant quickly got to work, driving baseline and finishing to register his first points at the Auracle. Talton then forced a turnover and released Christensen for an easy basket and the Colorado native rounded off an impressive first few minutes on home court with a delicate teardrop that made it 29-15 in favour of St Paul’s.

O’Neill added another three, his fifth, to further extend the hosts’ lead but then the Celtics’ American, Kevin Oberweiser, began to cause problems for the Lakers defence.

Oberweiser scored five straight points including a buzzer-beating three to round off the quarter and all of a sudden the deficit was cut to 11.

Christensen completed a three-point play to start the second, however, and with Séamus Brosnan also finding his shot, the Lakers’ lead never appeared to be in too much danger. Yet another Brian O’Neill three, his sixth, and two points at the horn by Brosnan (via a goaltend) pushed the lead out to 20 (68-48).


O’Neill added a couple more from long range in the third and by that point there was no real possibility of a comeback, despite the best efforts of Oberweiser who was in outrageous form. All told, the Montana native dropped in 43 points.

Coach Shane McCarthy gave local youngsters Jamie O’Sullivan and Jack Corridan a chance to shine down the stretch and both acquitted themselves admirably.

In the end, the final score of 125 to 106 (the highest-scoring game of the season) didn’t flatter the Lakers one bit. Jackson, Christensen and O’Neill were the top performers but the hosts also got significant contributions from Mick McGinn, Brosnan, O’Sullivan and new point guard Xavier Talton, who showed flashes of excellence on his home debut.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser, Talton said he enjoyed his first game in Killarney.

“I thought the atmosphere of the gym was great with the support of the fans,” the former University of Colorado star said. “I was glad we were able to come away with the win in my first home game.

“We’re look forward to getting back to it and continuing the winning streak after the Christmas break.”

Next up for the Lakers is an away fixture against IT Carlow on December 28 and they’re back on home court on Saturday, January 4 when they welcome league leaders Ballincollig to Killarney.

LAKERS SCORERS: Aaron Jackson (26), Toby Christensen (25) and Brian O’Neill (24).

CELTICS SCORERS: Kevin Oberweiser (43), Carlos Hortelano (33) and James Murphy (15).


Pic: Eamonn Keogh.

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Top tips for exfoliating your skin

One of the most important steps when we are looking after our skin, face and body is exfoliation. There are many different types of exfoliators so finding the right one […]




One of the most important steps when we are looking after our skin, face and body is exfoliation.

There are many different types of exfoliators so finding the right one is important. We don’t want to cause any unnecessary damage, especially to the face.

We must help to exfoliate the dead cells to reveal new glowing skin. As dead cells have a negative effect on the skin, it clogs pores, creates dark spots and rough skin texture, more pronounced wrinkles as well as dullness and dryness. Also, the build up of dead cells can inhibit the effectiveness of skin care products as serums and creams can’t reach the basal (lower) layer which is the active level of the skin. This layer is responsible for the growth of collagen and elastin. These molecules/cells rise up to the outer layer giving your skin plumpness. Think of them like grapes when they are youthful and hydrated. Unfortunately as we age, and if we don’t look after our skin, environmental factors such as the sun, wind, and diet can cause the collagen and elastin cells to look more like raisins. Therefore, it’s super important to exfoliate those dead cells away.

The different types you can choose from might depend on your likes or dislikes and if your skin is normal or combination. If you have dry, thin skin you must be careful to choose a suitable exfoliating product, something without grains, as they can sometimes be a little harsh. If they are dissolving grains they maybe suitable.

A great tip when exfoliating the body is to put on exfoliating mitts every time you shower. Always apply a little body lotion after every shower or bath also.

Any questions call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Budget 2023 has been announced, so what’s in it for you?

At lunchtime today (Tuesday) Budget 2023 was announced which includes an €11 billion package in what’s been described as a ‘Cost of Living Budget’. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and […]




At lunchtime today (Tuesday) Budget 2023 was announced which includes an €11 billion package in what’s been described as a ‘Cost of Living Budget’.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath announced a series of measures which they say will be “focused on helping individuals, families and businesses to deal with rising prices”.

It included a further €300 million in public service support measures funded from the Contingency Reserve Fund.

“We were emerging from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We now face a further economic challenge,” Minister Donoghue said.

“The government understands, and I understand, the worries which small business owners, farmers, pensioners, those who work really hard to get by, will feel. This is why the government will help, and by helping our country will overcome this challenge.”


Personal Tax Credit, Employee Credit and Earned Income Credit set to increase by €75

Standard rate band for Income Tax is to increase by €3,200 to €40,000

Increase in the second USC rate band (2 percent rate) from €21,295 to €22,920 in line with the 80 cent per hour increase in the national minimum wage recently agreed by this government

€200 electricity credits for homes over the next three billing cycles – November, January and March – (€600 in total)

Petrol/Diesel: The reduction on excise duty on fuel previously announced earlier this year to ease the cost of petrol and diesel has been further extended until February 28, 2023. Motorists will continue to pay 21 cent per litre in respect of petrol, 16 cent per litre in respect of diesel and 5.4 cent per litre in respect of Marked Gas Oil.

A €1.2 billion package of supports for businesses hit by soaring energy costs

New Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) has been set up to assist businesses with their energy costs. A monthly cap of €10,000 per trade will apply and an overall cap will apply on the total amount which a business can claim.

Excise on pack of 20 cigarettes to increase by 50 cent

Lump sum payment of €400 for Fuel Allowance recipients will be paid before Christmas

Extra lump sum for the elderly, carers, and disabled as social welfare rates go up €12

VAT: 9 percent VAT rate which is currently in place to support the tourism and hospitality sectors to remain in place until February 28, 2023

Double Child Benefit payment for all eligible parents on November 1

Christmas bonus to be paid in December, with a separate double payment in November

New rent tax credit worth €500 for 2023. This can also be claimed for 2022. This applies to those who do not get any other housing supports. Approximately 400,000 persons are expected to benefit.

Rural Ireland will get a €390 million investment for development

Newspaper: VAT on newspapers to be reduced from 9 percent to zero from January 1, 2023.

1,000 new Garda and 430 Garda staff will be provided

20% fare reduction on public transport will be extended to the end of 2023

Social Welfare

Weekly social welfare rates will be increased by €12 for working age recipients

€12 increase in weekly payments for pensioners

Working Family Payment threshold will increase by €40

€2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child

An increase in eligibility for Fuel Allowance

€500 lump sum for families availing of the Working Family Payment, a €500 lump sum for carers, a €500 cost of disability payment and a €20 increase in the domiciliary care allowance for sick children


All inpatient hospital charges will be abolished, GP visit cards will be provided to those on or below the median income (340,000 additional people)

There will be a €2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child.

Drug Payment Scheme threshold will remain at the lower rate of €80 in 2023

Funding will be provided for IVF treatments

Free contraception will be available for all women aged between 16 and 30

Childcare and education

Free School Book Scheme for primary school pupils from autumn 2023

Over 660 additional mainstream teachers, over 1,190 SNAs and 680 special education teachers will be provided

The National Childcare Scheme hourly subsidy is to increase from 50c to €1.40

A €500 increase in post-graduate contribution grant for eligible families

Over 4,800 additional places on craft and consortia-led apprenticeships and 4,000 places on craft apprenticeship programmes will be supported


Funding will be made available to support 8,800 new HAP tenancies and 800 RAS tenancies

9,100 new-build social homes, 5,500 new affordable homes for sale and rent and 6,500 new social homes will be supported

Funding to deliver 37,000 home energy upgrades


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