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THE St Paul’s U-12 Division 2 boys team hosted St Brendan’s of Tralee last Friday evening in the Killarney Sports Centre. St Paul’s got off to a rocky start, only scoring one basket in the first quarter, and three baskets in the second. It wasn't until the third quarter that St Paul’s pulled away from St Brendan’s, scoring an impressive 12 points, proving that they were worthy of the victory. From this point on, St Paul’s were able to hold on to the lead until the end. The final score was St Paul's 24, St Brendan's 19.

Team: Dara O'Shea, Tim Moynihan 2, TJ O'Sullivan, Jack O'Sullivan 2, Gearoid Healy, Tim McClaine, Darragh O'Connell, Mark Sheehan 2, Robbie Harnett, Shane O'Donoghue 2, Eoghan Crowley 14, Sam Norton, Luke O'Neil.

St Paul's U-11 girls were defeated in the cup final last weekend. They put a great display and did the club very proud. Well done to coach Anne Moynihan and her squad. They are top of league table at the moment and hopefully they can stay there until the end of the season.

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Saturday, January 21
G U12 Div 2, Group 2: St Paul’s Vs Rathmore at 10am in Killarney Sports Centre.
Academy Boys Pool 2: St Paul's B Vs Tralee Imperials at 1pm in Cumann Iosaef, Tralee

Sunday, January 22
B U18 Div 2: St Paul's Vs Caherciveen at 3.30pm in Caherciveen
B U14 Div 2: St Paul's Vs Caherciveen at 1.45pm in Caherciveen
B U14 Div 3: St Paul’s Vs TK Vixens at 10am in Killarney Sports Centre
Academy Boys Pool 2: St Paul's Vs Rathmore at 10am in Rathmore

FLASHBACK

1996: On Saturday January 20, 1996, Kerry Spring defeated Killester 106-95 in a superleague men's clash in Clontarf, Dublin. The Killarney side led 51-48 at half-time and extended their advantage to 16 points at one stage before winning by nine in the end. Top scorers for Kerry Spring St Paul's were: Greg Ford 37, Vince Daly 21, Corey Jackson 20, Cormac O'Donoghue 10 and Brian Clarke 9.

1991: On Wednesday, January 16, 1991, St Paul's senior ladies team and men’s division two team travelled to Dingle for a double-header fixture. The ladies had a particularly strong team during this era and were coached by the late Donal O'Doherty. Against Dingle, they enjoyed a runaway 52-18 victory with Trish O'Halloran (11), Anne Cashman (9), Tracey O'Shea (8) and Paulette O'Shea (8) leading the way.

The St Paul's men’s division two team also enjoyed success in the other match defeating Dingle 57-45. Top scorers were Seanie O'Shea (16), John Buckley (14), Der Brosnan (12) and Gearoid Cronin (12).

The double celebration continued long into the night in Dingle and some "persuasive" members of the men’s team and their supporters managed to convince the bus driver to take a "detour" back to Paidi O Se's pub in Ventry for one quick stop before heading home.

Historians will remember that January 16 and the early hours of January 17th 1991 was the date that US President George H. W. Bush announced the start of the air campaign of the Gulf War with an extensive aerial bombing campaign. In Baghdad, Saddam Hussein said the "mother of all battles had begun".

Dramatic footage and news coverage of the event was beamed worldwide in the early hours of January 17, 1991. With the late Paidi O Se flicking through he news channels for up to the minute coverage, his bar full of basketball players and supporters were in no hurry to get home!
 


 
Above: The St Paul's Basketball Club underage boys squad at a training session in Killarney Sports Centre. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Killarney co-drivers to the fore at this weekend

Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship. The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness. On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin. O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian […]

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Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship.

The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness.
On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin.

O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian Pryce, is the current leader of the series while Galvin, who reads pacenotes for fellow Killarney and District Motor Club member, West Cork’s Keith Cronin, is eighth after missing the opening round.

“The element of darkness certainly brings an additional challenge to all the crews, especially since most of us will not have done any night stages for some time, the most recent I did was in 2017 on the Ulster Rally,” Cronin noted.

The route layout reads like an extract from the itinerary of the World Championship counting RAC Rally of the 1980s, featuring familiar locations such as Dalby, Gale Rigg and Langdale, and it will be the Dalby Forest test that opens the competition shortly after 8pm tonight.

Meanwhile, Irish rallying returned last Sunday after the pandemic-enforced lay-off with the ‘Munster Car Club’s Cork 20’.

London-based Listry co-driver Shane Buckley was the best of the local entrants, guiding Daniel Cronin, Keith’s brother, to fifth overall.

Ger Conway and his driver Stephen Wright were just two places and 8.9 seconds behind in another Ford Fiesta RC2. It was Conway’s first taste of a RC2 car since he and Rob Duggan finished second overall on the 2018 Donegal International Rally.

“There is a taste of more after this,” said Ger after a trouble-free day.
Damien Fleming came close to making it four local co-drivers in the top 10. He and his driver Stephen McCann were 11th, just 16.6 off the leader board. They said it took a while to get used to the bumpy Irish tar after a recent trip to the Tour of Flanders in Belgium.

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Education Minister officially opens The Mon’s new classrooms

A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education. Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room […]

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A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education.

Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room and a general-purpose hall.

The project, which was funded by Department of Education along with money raised by the school as part of their ‘THE MON-ster Fundraiser’, was just one of three officially opened new additions to the school along with a special dedication of the school’s hall in honour of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a past pupil of the school from 1909-1914.

Also, The Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, officially opened a three-classroom extension at the school’s present site which was opened in 1958 having moved from its College Street location which was opened in 1838 by the Presentation Brothers.

Former Supreme Court Judge Hugh O’Flaherty and Mrs Pearl Dineen the nephew and niece of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty officiated over the dedicating of the school’s new hall to past pupil, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, in recognition of his heroic deeds during WWII.

O’Flaherty, who also taught at the school later, became better known for the role he played in World War II while at the Vatican leading over 6,500 prisoners of war, partisans and Jews to freedom to earn him the title of the ‘Vatican Pimpernel’, leading to the 1983 film ‘The Scarlet and the Black’ with Gregory Peck portraying the role of O’Flaherty.

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

A special outdoor classroom ‘Dotts Garden’, dedicated to the memory of Dorothy (Dott) Hennggler the 2011 Washington DC Rose who died at the family home in Baltimore from a brain tumour, was officially opened by Anne O’Shea (aunt of the late Dorothy), and Àine McMahon (cousin of the late Dorothy and BOM member). The outdoor classroom was beautifully decorated over the summer by artist Katríona Lynch.

Due to COVID restrictions, the main event took place outdoors with staff joined by a small group of pupils selected from each of the classes representing the student body along with members of the school’s Board of Management.

“Your achievements have been remarkable over the last number of months,” Minister of Education, Norma Foley, said today at the official opening.

“It is my wish going forward that the next year in education will be less complicated, less trying and less difficult one. I think school staff are deserving of that. We can put the COVID atmosphere behind us and we are moving positively along. We hope that in a few months we will talk about living in a post-COVID time. The story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty speaks of the calibre of students produced here, but it also speaks of the courage and bravery and vision that Kerry people can have in the most difficult and trying of times.”

School principal Colm Ó Suilleabháin, who is shortly moving on to St Oliver’s NS in Ballycasheen, was delighted to be in attendance to see the building come to fruition.

“It’s a fantastic culmination of hard work by the staff and the Board of Management, and we are delighted to see the school is fully equipped and resourced for the next generation of pupils from Killarney and beyond,” he said.

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