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Spa GAA is the place to be this weekend




By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA is preparing to host one of the biggest Gaelic Football tournaments ever to hit Killarney.

TOURNAMENT: Spa teammates Mags Cronin Roisin Kearney Megan Cronin and Alma Cronin will contest the 7s Tournament at Spa GAA this weekend.

JERSEY: Spa GAA players Ciaran Spillane Megan Cronin Mike Foley and Ryan O'Carroll show off their specially commission jerseys for the weekend's Sevens Tournament.

On Saturday and Sunday the club has organised a fundraising Club 7s GAA competition at its venue near Tiernaboul.

The 7-a-side tournament will begin at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, with senior men’s and ladies teams from Kerry, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Tipperary and London competing over the weekend.

As well as the football competition, the club will have live music every day from 12 noon at a special Rockshore marquee that has been installed in the club’s grounds for the weekend.

“This is the first time the club have hosted such an event, and as well as the senior men’s and senior ladies 7-a-side tournament, with teams competing to win a share of the €10,000 prize money, there will be live music each day from 12 noon to 10pm, a variety of food vendors serving hot food and snacks, as well as a kid's play zone. It will be a family-friendly event with something for all ages,” said the club’s PRO Deirdre O'Sullivan Darcy.

Full details on the event, teams, and the entertainment schedule can be found on

Tickets are priced at €20 for a day pass or €30 for a weekend pass and U18s are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Gates are open at the event from 9.30am to 9pm Saturday and 10am to 9pm on Sunday.

“All entrants to the event, including players, must wear an entry wristband. You will get your wristband by purchasing a ticket online. The wristbands will be given at entry to the event,” she added.

“There has a been a huge effort from our club members and volunteers working to get the grounds ready to welcome thousands of people to Spa over the weekend and a big thank you to everyone who is helping out."

The men’s clubs entered are Kerins O'Rahillys, Austin Stacks, Cuala, Lucan Sarsfields, St Kiernans of London and Mitchelstown GAA.

The Ladies squads are Southern Gaels, Brian Boru, Castleknock, Valley Rovers, Castlehaven, Feohanagh Castlemahon, Bantry, MKL Gaels and Clonakilty.

Three clubs have entered teams in both competitions, Spa, Eire Óg and Na Fianna.

Volunteers are still needed for the weekend so if anyone would be available to help out either day please contact Deirdre on 085 1216359.

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]




By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

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Salvias are valuable plants for any gardener

By Debby Looney, gardening expert One plant which I think is a super addition to borders and pots is the salvia. There are many to choose from, but there are […]




By Debby Looney, gardening expert

One plant which I think is a super addition to borders and pots is the salvia. There are many to choose from, but there are two broad differences, one is the bedding salvia, with its spikes of fire-engine-red flowers – though they come in cream and purple also.

These have become less popular with gardeners over the years, as slugs eat them with relish. I have found the product ‘Grazers’, a spray, excellent as a slug repellent. As an aside, ‘Grazers’ also do a rabbit, deer, lily beetle and caterpillar repellent, all of which are organically certified and perfectly safe to use. They are also quite effective products. Secondly, everyone knows the herb salvia, or sage which goes perfect with chicken, roast squash or parma ham, it is a flavour of autumn.

However, there are over 500 salvias to choose from, and happily, nurseries are taking notice of them. This year a notable addition to most garden centre stock is the hybrid Wish collection. There are three; ‘Love and Wishes’, ‘Ember’s Wish’ and ‘Wendy’s Wish’. Being the greedy gardener I am, I planted all three, and have been rewarded by large bushy plants with masses of colour. I planted them in a free draining, sunny part of the garden, where they have plenty of space. The plants themselves reach about 80cm, flower spikes being at least 20cm long in colours pink, aubergine and orange.

Another beauty is S. Amistad, which every garden with a flower border should have. They grow up to 1.2m, with lush dark green foliage, topped by dark blue flowers. The calyces (the bit the flower comes out of!) are almost black, giving it a fantastically dramatic look. S. nemerosa is a hardy variety, used in Irish gardens for years, as it spreads happily keeping weeds at bay. ‘New Dimension Blue’ is a lovely variety, with rich blue flower spikes. S. nemerosa does not grow that tall, about 30cm. It is also one of the few salvias which will tolerate heavy soil and a lot of winter rain.

S. roemeriana ‘Hot Trumpets’ is also a low growing spreading salvia, about 30cm, with the brightest red flower spikes I have yet to see rivalled! It grows well in dappled shade, adding great splashes of colour. Another red is S. x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’. It is an evergreen perennial, which loves full sun. It grows to about 50cm, and has flowers from April through to the first frosts. The flowers are bicoloured red and white, like little flags. ‘Killer Cranberry’ is another beauty with magenta flowers.

All salvias are attractive to bees and other pollinators, and as such are valuable plants for any gardener. They look great grouped with other perennials, as well as in pots or on their own in beds.

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