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By Michelle Crean

It’s been quite a year for Dieter’s Swim Academy as they raised over €5,500 for two very worthy charities.

VISIT: Kerry legend David Clifford paid a surprise visit to Dieter's Swim Academy on Sunday last.

Crumlin's Children’s Hospital and the Irish Cancer Society were the beneficiaries and last week a special visitor made all the hard work worthwhile as Kerry footballer David Clifford dropped in.

“We at the swim academy would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped raise and donate the money for the 3 Lakes Challenge this year," Dieter Gogsch, swim coordinator, said.

"The two charities are very close to the hearts of the swim academy members and team of staff and we were delighted with the support and donations from everyone."

The children had to swim 15km (600 lengths of the pool) to complete the challenge a super achievement by all the children who participated, he explained.

"We also took our swimmers on some very enjoyable day trips as a treat for all their hard work, dedication and commitment to their swim classes throughout the year. Fun days out to Tayto Park, Kennedy's Pet Farm, Fota Alpine Skate Trail and Air-tastic Inflatable Park were had by some of the members of the swim academy.

"To top the year off our swimmers had a surprise visit last Sunday from Kerry legend David Clifford - a massive thank you to him for taking time out of his hectic schedule to meet and greet our swimmers and parents, take photos and sign autographs for them.

"We would like to say a huge thank you, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone who contributed to the success of the academy this year – from the fantastic team of swim instructors, to the kids and parents and of course the Aquila Club Leisure Centre, Gleneagle Hotel. We look forward to seeing you all back in the pool in January.”

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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