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Spa GAA fundraiser to help upgrade club grounds

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A fundraising Golf Classic will be staged at Killarney Golf Club on Friday next (July 8).

GOLF CLASSIC: Ready for next week’s Spa GAA Golf Classic from front l-r were: Mike Foley Shane Cronin and Evan Cronin. Back l-r were: TJ O’Sullivan (Killarney Oaks) Mike Stack (Tricel) Michael Cronin (Spa GAA Chairman) Assumpta O’Donoghue (Killarney Oils) Seamus O’Donoghue (Killarney Oils) and Donal Casey (Killarney Oaks). Photo: Paudie Healy

Spa Club GAA, who are organising the event, has carried out some major developments in recent years, including the laying of an all-weather playing pitch and alterations to the clubhouse involving the provision of a larger gym, office areas and toilets upstairs.

A new walking path around the club grounds is also widely used by the community.

Among the next important projects is the upgrading of the car park in the club grounds.

More than 50 teams of four golfers per team will be taking part in the classic, major sponsors of which are the Killarney Oaks Hotel, Killarney Oils and Tricel.

“We’re extremely grateful to all our sponsors, tee-box sponsors and those who have entered teams. Their support is a great help to our club which has grown hugely in recent years,’’ said chairman of the classic organising committee, Billy Morris.

The presentation of attractive prizes will be in the Killarney Oaks Hotel on the night of July 8.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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