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Teen to take on All-Ireland title fight this weekend

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By Michelle Crean

A young Killarney girl who has dreams of being the next Katie Taylor has qualified for an Irish boxing final in Dublin tomorrow (Saturday).

Alana O'Brien (13) from Hazelwood Drive in Ballyspillane, who took up boxing just three years ago, hopes to become the boxing champion of Ireland by bringing the Irish title back to Killarney.

Alana is daughter of Daniel and Michelle O'Brien who are temporarily living in Kildare.

She currently trains with Setanta Boxing Club, but her parents plan to bring her home to celebrate her achievements so far.

"She started aged 10 in Tralee Boxing Club," her dad Daniel told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I brought her to see Katie Taylor in The Brandon Hotel in Tralee. Alana played with Crokes and Celtic but then set her heart on boxing."

"She's well able for it, and she's gotten so much confidence from it. She won a county title with Tralee Boxing Club but never got the chance with the pandemic."

Alana, who attended St Oliver's NS and Killarney Community College before their move to Kildare, is so dedicated to her sport that she trains five nights a week. Alana will join Ali Gorman and Elma Barry in the finals in Drimnagh Boxing Club.

"It's an All-Ireland title if she wins. She hopes to bring it back to Killarney and we plan on heading home to Killarney after. She's looking forward to it and is full of confidence."

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The late Peggy O’Callaghan was a founder of Kilcummin Scor

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week. Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7. Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week.

Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7.

Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the music and drama arm of the local GAA club.

“It afforded the opportunity to females to participate in club activities long before ladies’ football was initiated and it brought many people into the club, many of whom remained involved in different capacities over the years,” said a club statement.

“She has left us a wonderful legacy and will be remembered fondly by those lucky enough to have met her.”

Peggy will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, sons Diarmuid and Shane, daughters-in-law Trisha and Áine, grandchildren Dara, Caoimhe, Donnacha, Siún and Éabha, brothers Seánie and Frank, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

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Surprise: Details of town-centre inner relief road revealed

By Sean Moriarty Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District. Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District.

Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase order on lands that will link the two town centre streets.

If plans come to fruition it will be possible for motorists on New St to get to the top of High St, adjacent to the Killarney Advertiser’s town centre office, without travelling through the town centre. The plan was first mooted as far back as 2016.

The announcement caught councillors off guard, it was one of the last topics discussed at the four-hour meeting, but it was broadly welcomed by all.

“This access will change the dynamic of traffic movement in the town forever,” said Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Further details of the surprise project are set to be revealed to elected members over the next four to six weeks.

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