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Team Hope charity exceeds gift giving target

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A KIND GESTURE: The team of volunteers behind the Killarney and South Kerry Team Hope Shoebox Appeal which this year received approximately 4,000 boxes thanks to the kindness of the public. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Francis Foley

The Team Hope charity has outdone itself again this year - by collecting more gift boxes for under privileged children abroad - than they did last year.

Due to the overwhelming support of the people of Killarney, at least 4000 gift boxes have been collected.

Team Hope in Killarney, headed by Margaret Scully and her son Chris, are proud to see an improvement in the amount of boxes they normally collect.

This achievement is made even more special as the charity, which covers the Killarney and south Kerry areas, collects gift items donated by the public and creates gift boxes made up of toys, clothes and other useable goods that are then sent to areas of the world that have the greatest need, is also celebrating its 10thanniversary in operation.

 

There are restrictions on what can and can’t be sent to the children, as some items that may seem harmless, could lead to unintended negative environmental or cultural effects. These items could include anything from certain sweets to batteries.

The objective of the charity could not be met without the great effort and time given to the Team Hope cause by its volunteers which include, Josie Real, Dave O’Conner,

Monica O’Shea, Flick Golding, Laura Ogiema, John and Kathleen Wrenn, Kitty Murphy and many others.

It is because of people like this and the continuing kindness of the people of Killarney and the surrounding areas that nearly 24,000 boxes have been produced in South Kerry alone.

Margaret this week expressed her gratitude to the people of Killarney for their donations.

“I’d like to shout out a huge thank you to all the people of South Kerry for their generosity, every man, woman and child that has made up a box plus all the wonderful volunteers for their time, and the O’Brien family for the use of their building for our work,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Chris also added thanks to all the schools and businesses that have helped Team Hope to keep going.

 

 

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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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