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Talented Killarney boxer narrowly misses out on gold Medal

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By Sean Moriarty

A talented Killarney boxer narrowly missed out on a gold medal at the European Boxing Championships in Erzurum, Turkey.

Jamesie Casey, is a Second Year student at Killarney Community College and member of the Sliabh Luachra Boxing Club in Castleisland.

After winning the national title in Dublin earlier this year Jamesie qualified for the Schoolboys and Schoolgirls European championships which were held between August 14 and 21.

In his first preliminary fight he beat Romania’s Raul Benea Antonio 5-0. He repeated this performance in the quarter finals defeating Moldova’s Chirill Slepoi by the same score-line, after which he progressed to the semi-final stages.

He defeated Azerbaijan’s Baghir Alimkhanli when the referee stopped the contest after three rounds.

In the final he faced Scotland’s Jacob Naismith in a very close fight with the judges eventually awarding the gold medal to the Scot on a 3:2 split decision.

“There was only a one-point difference on the judges’ score cards that decided the winner. It was a coin on its edge and could have went either way,” his father James told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a remarkable experience for Jamesie to represent Ireland and it is a fantastic achievement to win silver on an exceptionally close decision at the highest ranked competition available to his age category. His performances were exceptional throughout the entire tournament.”

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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