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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 man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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