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Talented Chloe jumps for joy at Australian Irish Dancing Championships

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Chloe Peirce who won the Australian Irish Dancing Championships at the weekend.

A MOTHER-AND-DAUGHTER with strong Killarney links have reeled in plaudits at the Australian Irish Dancing Championships.

Chloe Peirce, 19, was jumping for joy when she won the championships, which were held in Hobart, Tasmania, at the weekend.

Chloe is a pupil of Scoil Ard Rince in Brisbane which is run by her mother Breeda Peirce (Horgan) who is from St Brendan’s Terrace, Killarney.

Breeda has been teaching dance in Australia for 25 years now and her school is one of Australia’s leading Irish dance schools. “The championships move from state to state around Australia and run over six days with over 1000 dancers competing,” said Breeda.

This was Chloe’s sixth national title to add to her 11 Queensland State titles. This also qualifies her to compete at the upcoming world championships in Dublin next Easter with 16 other dancers from the school who have also qualified.

Chloe was also one of the dancers to receive a bursary to help offset the costs. “The school hopes to bring a number of dancers to Dublin in 2017,” said Breeda.

Chloe had trained in Killarney with her aunt, Breeda’s sister Norrie Sheehan, and Aine Murphy from the Sheehan Murphy School of Irish Dancing which greatly helped in her title win this weekend.

“The dancers are very excited to be returning to Ireland for the world championships as it’s the first time they are back in Ireland in five years,” said Norrie.

Interest in Irish dancing in Australia continues to intensify, added Breeda. “Scoil Ard Rince has grown from a small school run as a hobby to now having almost 100 pupils in the Brisbane area through to the Sunshine Coast,” she said.

“With increased emigration from Ireland there are more Irish families looking to continue the culture and the school also offers a fun and fitness adult class called Reelfit.”

Twenty-one of Scoil Ard Rince’s dancers also placed at the nationals with five other dancers with podium finishes. “All Ceili teams also placed highly at the championships at the weekend which were all in all a very successful championships,” said Breeda.

Breeda is also an adjudicator and examiner and judges Irish dancing competitions all over the world.

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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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