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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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