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Taoiseach helps out at County Clean Up day

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CLEAN UP: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD speaking to volunteers Mary McGillicuddy, James Daly, Killorglin, Mike Myers, Barleymount and Johnny McGuire, Killarney. Photos: Valerie O'Sullivan

By Michelle Crean

A record 6,000 volunteers took part in the eighth annual Kerry County Clean Up on Saturday including the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Over 22,000 bags and 1,500 high-vis vests were distributed by KWD Recycling to over 330 groups who got stuck in along the county’s roadsides in towns and villages as part of the clean-up on the day.

The countywide community initiative, which is coordinated by KWD Recycling and Kerry County Council, involved Tidy Towns groups, GAA clubs, IFA and ICMSA members and countless community and voluntary organisations.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, met some of the participants involved in the County Clean Up at the viewing point at Aghadoe at approx. 12noon where he greeted members of the County Clean Up Coordination Team.

Johnny McGuire, who is a member of the coordination team, said the day was a huge success – and although they came across no fly tipping - much of the litter collected was single use plastic.

“110 bags of rubbish was collected between the Cleeney Roundabout and the John Mitchels Road and 84 bags on the scenic road from Muckross Hotel to Molls Gap,” Johnny told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The litter we’re picking up is single use, including cans, sweet wrappers, bottles and paper cups.”

He added that the amount of rubbish they’re collecting is on par with last year. And he said it was a boost to the project, which was conceived eight years ago after Killarney won the national Tidy Towns title, to have Taoiseach Leo Varadkar there.

“It gave a great boost to the whole county. He genuinely was very supportive of the effort.”

[caption id="attachment_25723" align="aligncenter" width="6449"] CLEAN UP: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, called to Aghadoe, Killarney during the Annual KWD County Clean Up Day, to see first hand Kerry's biggest annual mobilisations of community groups, Tidy Towns committees, sporting organisations, individual residents and families across the county. [/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_25719" align="aligncenter" width="6720"] Volunteers from Killarney Tidy Towns, Bernadette Randles, and Emer Corridan.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_25720" align="aligncenter" width="6720"] Pictured in Farranfore volunteers: Denis McMahon, Terrence Mulcahy, John Kelliher and Cllr John Sheahan.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_25721" align="aligncenter" width="6298"] Bridie Doherty and her brother Mike Doherty, volunteers at Looscanaugh Lake.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_25722" align="aligncenter" width="6381"] Volunteers from Killarney along with staff members of Kerry County Council and KWD Recycling, gather at Daly's for The Annual KWD County Clean-Up Day.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_25724" align="aligncenter" width="6320"] Volunteers Mary Lyne, Aileen Murphy, Eileen O’Donoghue and Johnny McGuire, on the main Tralee road collecting rubbish.[/caption]

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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