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Sporting clubs across town supporting Leah

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By Sean Moriarty

The sporting community in Killarney is united in its support for one local girl who will play for Ireland in the U16 European Basketball Challengers next month.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: Leah McMahon pictured with her St Paul's Basketball Club team mates ahead of next month's FIBA U16 Women's European Challengers 2021 which takes place in Piestany Slovakia. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan.

Leah McMahon (15), who is looking forward to the trip, has also been named as the squad’s vice-captain.

“This is great,” her father Karl told the Killarney Advertiser. “Sport is her life and she gives it everything.”

The FIBA U16 Women's European Challengers gets underway in Slovakia on August 9 but underage basketballers are expected to cover their own travel expenses for international competitions.

As a result, several clubs from other disciplines have rowed in behind the St Paul’s star and have organised a range of fundraisers to help her get to the Piestany-based event.

On Wednesday night, Killarney Celtic made a contribution to her travelling expenses.

“Leah played for the club and for Kerry. The McMahon’s have a long tradition of involvement with Killarney Celtic,” club PRO, Pat Harnett, said. “One code supporting one of their own playing a different sport.”

The McMahon family is also steeped in Dr Croke’s GAA Club history. Her older brother Cian plays for the club and was a member of the All-Ireland Kerry minor team that lost last Sunday’s 2020 final to Derry.

Dr Croke’s GAA Club will host a bake sale, organised by St Paul’s Basketball Club, to raise funds for Leah's trip to Slovakia. It will take place tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am-12pm at the Dr Croke’s clubhouse off Lewis Road.

“Everyone is getting behind the fundraiser,” Karl added. “It just shows how proud each club is of her achievements.”

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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