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Side splitting comedy back on Scartaglen stage

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Hilarious one liners and colourful characters will keep the audience on their toes as 'Its The Real McCoy' returns to the stage.

After two years of uncertainty and not knowing what the future may bring, those behind the show are absolutely thrilled to be able to return with the hilarious Tommy Marren comedy.

'It's The Real McCoy' began last night (Thursday) and continues tonight (Friday 25), tomorrow (Saturday 26) and Sunday 27, at 8pm nightly in the Heritage Centre Scartaglen.

And it's a production not to be missed, according to Nora Walsh from Sliabh Luachra Drama Group.

"In February 2020 we had a run of 12 sellout shows with 'It's The Real McCoy' delighting many an audience. We were extremely fortunate to have just finished before COVID hit and have such fantastic success. We had full houses every night and everyone loved the feelgood vibe this play brings."

She added that last year they were all very disappointed not to be able to hold their annual production.

"So when restrictions eased in January, we regrouped and decided that this hilarious comedy was the feelgood play everyone would need at the moment and especially after the last two years.

It is fantastic to be able to return, and people have really missed the live drama and the entertainment value it brings."

'Its The Real McCoy' is set in rural Ireland in 1964 and tells a story of two dramatic days in the life of Madge Molloy who has lived over four decades of her life wondering why her husband of only four months vanished without a trace. New curate, Fr Micheal McCoy, arrives to the parish and is about to throw a light on the reasons why her husband Tom left and what unfolds is a series of events that will have everyone in tears of laughter. Its endless hilarious one liners and colourful characters will take the audience on a rollercoaster of comedy that you won't want to exit!

"It is play that will be thoroughly enjoyed by a wide audience of both young and old!"

The cast are Madge Molloy - Moira Hughes, Maura Molloy - Mary Fleming, Martin Daly - Danny O'Leary, Nora O'Hora - Lorraine Salmon, Cora O'Hora - Ciara Kerin, Fr Michael McCoy - John Walsh, Tom Molloy - Tim Dineen, Producer - Geraldine Pigott/Nora Walsh, Set Design - Declan O'Connell, David Fleming and Danny O'Leary.

Early booking on 087 1860360 is advisable. Adults €10 and concessions €8.

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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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