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Spa’s video archive to go online

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club is in the process of placing its huge video archive online - some of which dates back 40 years - and fans will be able to access it via YouTube.

 

Club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy has set up a channel on the popular site for the club, and over the next couple of weeks will upload video footage that features club games and sports events that the club was involved in over many years.

“During the last lockdown we uploaded loads of old photos to our website and this proved to very popular,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “This is the next step in that idea.”

Most of the footage is either owned or in the possession of the Cronin family.
Club member Sean Cronin is a regular sight on the side-lines as he records various club matches. His son Shane, who is also a club member, was a video enthusiast during his teenage years and has captured several historical occasions on the same camera his father now uses.

The Cronin family inherited much older footage from Sean’s late uncle Archie Cronin and the family is currently sifting through boxes of material ahead of transferring the footage from the old reel style format into a digital format.

One famous match, the 1995 Kerry Intermediate Football final will be uploaded in the coming days.

The footage features commentary from Gary O’Sullivan and it is believed to be one of the first matches he relayed to viewers. O’Sullivan went on to a very successful and popular sports broadcasting career with Radio Kerry.

“I moved house about 12 years ago. There are boxes of tapes belonging to my late uncle and it is a case of finding the box and the reels,” Sean Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser. “We have footage somewhere of a 1980s sports day at Spa, long before the clubhouse was ever built. It will bring back huge memories for people.”

Recently uploaded footage shows the 2008 East Kerry Under 12 Division 1 final between Spa and Dr Crokes.

​​​​​​​Current County star Gavin White is shown playing for Dr Crokes while a young girl is seen playing for Spa at a time when mixed teams were allowed at underage level.
That match can be viewed via YouTube by searching Spa GAA Club Killarney: 2008 East Kerry U12 Div1 Final Spa v Dr Crokes.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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