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Sports mad teen’s fun in the flood video goes viral

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By Michelle Crean

 

A flooded GAA pitch might not be the ideal training conditions but it proved the perfect formula to make a Killarney teen's video go viral!. 19-year-old Glenflesk GAA footballer Damien Switzer had the ingenious idea on Tuesday to take advantage of the flooded pitch near his home following torrential rain - with the help of his father Damien Snr who waded into the water to film the fun.

 

And it proved so popular after being posted on the TikTok social media platform that it's chalked up a staggering 650k views, 129k likes, over 4,200 comments and 8,300 shares.

News outlets including Sky News also interviewed the teen after it was posted by the Killarney Advertiser on Tuesday afternoon as well on other platforms which have also amassed thousands of hits. And one of the country's best loved GAA sites www.hoganstand.com also featured it to Damien's delight.

In the video, sports mad Damien can be heard saying "If you want to play football down here in Kerry you better show up for training no matter what the weather is. You've got to be hungry for that ball and make sure you beat your opponent to it every time.There's usually a photographer at the game so you can slick back your hair to look well for the photo so you can post it on Facebook afterwards of course. You're gotta be strong as well so you better work on your strength and conditioning while you are training and of course on match day you put them all together and work your socks off. What a point," he says.

Damien, who is currently studying Sports and PE Pre-teaching in Kerry College hopes to progress on to UCC next year to do PE teaching and Irish. He regularly trains on the pitch outside his home.

"I had the idea while working online at home and on my lunch break I went over with dad and I just dived in," Damien told the Killarney Advertiser.

 

 

"Dad was in the water filming, it took us about 10 to 15 minutes."

He then showed his friends for the craic and they suggested he post it online.

"They suggested I make it public and it reached 60k in the first hour and 120k in the second. It's crazy."

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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