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Spa Club legend enters Munster Hall of Fame

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HALL OF FAME: Liam Lenihan (Munster GAA Chairman) presents Kerry legend Donie O’Sullivan with his Munster Hall of Fame award.

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Former Spa, East Kerry player and two-time All-Ireland winner Donie O’Sullivan has been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame by Munster GAA at its awards night in Limerick last Saturday night.

In a Senior career that spanned from 1962 to 1975, the Spa clubman was a vital cog in the Kerry fullback line with over 100 appearances in the Green and Gold including 35 Championship appearances – all but one them as a starter – with the Killarney teacher having played in six All-Ireland Senior Football Finals.

An All-Ireland winning captain, a two time All-Star, a dedicated Club and District player and above all a brilliant defender, the Tiernaboul man holds a special place in Kerry GAA folklore.

“It was very nice to meet rivals and friends from our playing days, some there were older than myself,” the 79-year-old told the Killarney Advertiser. “Opportunities to meet up like this are few and far between these days.”

Off the back of a very successful run by his district East Kerry, he won four Kerry Senior Football County Championship titles in 1965, 1968, 1969 and 1970.

O’Sullivan, who was a teacher in the Green CBS in Tralee, got to captain Kerry twice.

While it was a Munster Final defeat at the hands of rivals Cork in 1966, four years later O’Sullivan climbed the Hogan steps to accept Sam Maguire for the Kingdom following a 2-19 to 0-18 win over Meath. He played in six National League Finals, winning all six including 4-in-a-row between 1971 and 1974. In 1971 he was Kerry’s first and only All-Star.

 

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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