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Sportswriter to launch Kerry GAA “football bible”

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BOOK LAUNCH: Sportswriter Sylvester Hennessy will launch his new book 'Kerry Abúœ' in the Kerry GAA store today (Friday). Photo Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

One of Kerry’s best known sportswriters is launching his brand new book – based on Kerry football - which could answer a lots of sports trivia questions on the bar stool.

Today (Friday), Sylvester Hennessy will launch ‘Kerry Abú: The Ultimate Kerry Football Handbook’, in the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre, at 5.30pm.

The 287 page paperback, which he has been working on for almost two years, is sized to fit in any pocket and ideal for taking to matches, Sylvester explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“There’s about 134 years of sports history in the book,” Sylvester said.

“It covers Club, County, Colleges, Ladies and all different aspects of football. Kerry have won 82 All-Irelands, Minor, Junior, Senior and U21. The nearest to us is Dublin with 50. It’s presented in a way that you can put it in your pocket and take it to a match. It’s like a little bible of sports.”

Senior Kerry Football Manager Peter Keane, who is a very close friend of Sylvester’s, has written the foreword.

The book came about when Sylvester was approached by Noel O’Regan, grandson of ‘Bracker’ O’Regan, who works in Mercier Press.

“He wanted someone to put together a supporters book and because of my work as a statistician I knew it was a book I could do well. It’ll settle a lot of debates or it could create debates amongst supporters.”

He added that football in Kerry is a religion for most people.

“The majority of people define themselves by football and peoples’ reactions to the book so far have been very positive.”

The book is on sale in Easons and all good bookshops, priced at €10.

 

 

 

 

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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