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Storming performance from Killarney Rugby Club’s seniors

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THE Killarney Rugby Club seniors played Douglas/Carrigaline on Sunday at Aghadoe, in the next round of the Munster Junior League. Ger Moynihan's charges were hoping to build on from the previous week's win over Killorglin and certainly did not disappoint the bumper home crowd, who turned out in the wintry conditions to support the lads.

Captain Ger Moynihan was ruled out of the fixture due to a shoulder niggle picked up in Ballymalis; however the side welcomed players back from injury and there was a wealth of players to choose from.

Killarney started strongly from the off, and even though conditions were very slippery underfoot, Killarney got the upper hand as Paudie Sheahan slotted home a penalty with 15 minutes on the clock to bring first blood to the home side. Douglas/Carrigaline managed to score the side's only try on the 25th minute, against the run of play it has to be said, a try which went unconverted in the windy conditions.

Following some fantastic phases of play in the latter stages of the first half, Damien Carroll crossed the line for our first try, which Paudie Sheahan converted. Paudie himself went one better and scored the side's second try with the pack really gelling and Alan Mulligan offloading to the inform Sheahan to score and convert.

The pack were strong all day with stalwarts Peter Kelly and Ollie O'Neill leading from the front. With only a few minutes to go, Ollie scored the home side's final try to send the game beyond doubt. 22-5 was the final score, in a match where everyone worked hard and the subs bench was used to good effect. Standout players on the day were Paul O'Sullivan, Paudie Sheahan and Connie O'Leary was the man of the match with another storming display. Next Sunday the lads travel to Bantry in the next round of the league. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

U14s
On Saturday last the U14 travelled to Tralee in the next round of the U14 West Munster League looking to maintain the current unbeaten run. Tralee were excellent hosts and facilitated the game being played on their excellent top pitch with is sand based and was exceptionally dry underfoot. The game opened up with a period of sustained pressure from the hosts where Killarney found it difficult to get past the half way line but some powerful surges from our team produced two tries both of which were duly converted.

The second half saw additional tries from a range of forwards and backs with some really intelligent plays some straight from the training ground which did give the head coach a lot to smile about. Once again the subs proved important and it is great to see the confidence that guys can slot in as required. Next up is a trip away to Abbeyfeale on Sunday, January 22.

U16s
Last Saturday the U16s travelled to Cork to take on Dolphin RFC, in the next round of the Munster U16 Bowl competition. The lads went down on a scoreline of 19-13. They fought bravely but lost a player to injury, forcing the remaining 14 lads to take on the challenge. Well done to Tom Campbell and his brave U16 as well as the many parents who travelled to Cork for this match. Fantastic support as always. Next weekend it's another road trip for the lads as they travel to Douglas for the next round of the competition. Best of luck!

U18s
Our U18s had no match last weekend however Pat F. O'Connor's charges take on Rugbai Corca Dhuibhne in the next round of the U18 Bowl competition. Kick off is at Aghadoe, next Saturday at 11am. Best of luck to the lads.

Minis
Our Minis continue to train every Saturday morning between 10.30am and 12 midday. We are currently training at the pitches at Knockreer and will continue to do so for a few weeks to come. Our Minis coordinator will update all parents each week. If you are not receiving club texts, please let Liam know on 087-4145662.

We are due to travel to Killorglin on Saturday, January 28. We will get to play matches at all ages against Minis from Killorglin, Castleisland and Listowel and the blitz will take place at Killorglin's pitches at Ballymalis (near Kerry Woollen Mills. We will send out the details closer to the date and we will not have a bus travelling to the blitz, so would encourage all parents to come along and support the kids as they try their best to represent Killarney RFC. Details to follow.

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Killarney girl has an important part to play in Rose Festival

By Michelle Crean A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Chloe Nott […]

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By Michelle Crean

A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Chloe Nott (7) from Fossa was thrilled to find out that she has been paired with Arizona Rose Sophie Owen.

She’s now super excited as the Festival kicks off tonight (Friday) and is looking forward to being part of the big parades which attract thousands to the streets of Tralee tomorrow (Saturday) and again on Sunday.

“We found out about three weeks ago, she was picked from hundreds from all around the country,” Chloe’s mom Gemma told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last Saturday the Rose Buds came together for the first time in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee where they met the Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell and received their sashes.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll enjoy a party in the Meadowlands and have a busy weekend meeting and greeting people when they take part in the Festival’s activities including a trip to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

“I’m so excited to meet my Arizona Rose,” Chloe, who is going into Second Class in Fossa National School, said.

Gemma and her husband Eric and son Luke (9) went to Reidys in Killarney to tell Chloe the exciting news.

“My mom gave me a rose and told me I was a Rose Bud. After she told me I was bursting with excitement.”

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Killarney Races celebrates 200 years

Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive. Kerry Senior Football Captain […]

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Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive.

Kerry Senior Football Captain Sean O’Shea, with a host of fellow teammates and back-room staff, escorted Sam Maguire to the racecourse arriving by jaunting cart to take part in the bi-centenary celebrations.

Racegoers of all ages were thrilled to get up close with the Sam Maguire Cup and our fantastic Kerry football legends.

AugustFest at Killarney Races offers patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse. A special bi-centenary admission package was available on the opening day offering patrons admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20 which went down a treat with punters. With many bringing their jerseys and cameras along to make the most of the double celebrations at the Kerry track.

The first race at Killarney Racecourse was recorded in 1822. In the early days, the meetings were supported by Lord Clanmorris and the Earl of Kenmare, the feature race being the Kenmare Stakes from 1826 to 1830. The current racing venue located at Ross Road held its first race meeting on 20 July 1936 and Ontario was the first ever winner at the track, winning the 1½ mile handicap hurdle, in the hands of jockey Willie O’ Grady.

During the August racing festival, a special commemorative marquee featuring a wonderful collection of memorabilia and photographs from the last 200 years is open to all in attendance for the duration of the festival.

“We celebrated a major milestone here at Killarney Races, two hundred years of racing in Killarney which is amazing,” Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations during AugustFest!

With two more fantastic days of racing in store and lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Patrons are advised to book online and come along early to enjoy the stunning views, facilities, delicious food, live music on the lawn and soak up the boutique festival atmosphere for which Killarney Races is famous.

Adult tickets and packages are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the punter’s pack is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options. For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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