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BLITZ: Pictured at theKillarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz in Fitzgerald Stadium on Wednesday were: Front l-r were: Liam Cronin, Oisin O'Sullivan, Jed Switzer and Daire Murphy. Back l-r were: Aidan O'Mahony, Michael O'Riordan, Garda Eddie Walsh, David Clifford, Colm O'Sullivan and Inspector Paul Ahern. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Lissivigeen National School emerged victorious against Duagh National School in what was a tense final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Wednesday – during the 15thannual Killarney Garda National School 7-a-side Football Blitz.

18 teams, including Faha, Lissivigeen, Tiernaboul, Coolick, Loughatane, The Mon, Kenmare, Glenbeigh, Cullina, Gneeveguilla, Boherbee, Gael Scoil, Fossa, Duagh, Barraduff, Anablah, Rathmore and St Oliver’s, took part in the popular annual event playing a total of 52 games on the day, which is organised by local Garda Eddie Walsh.

Schools arrived at the stadium just after 9am, where they met Kerry Senior Footballer David Clifford, and Aidan O’Mahony after being led onto the field by piper Mike Milner. There were also emotional tributes to talented football player Niall McGillicuddy (16), who passed away last year.

The event, which began in 2005 by Garda Eddie Walsh from Killarney Garda Station, and Detective Pat Kelliher who is now retired, has to date seen over 2,400 play in the blitz, including some who went on to win minor and senior All-Ireland medals.

“The day went very well,” Eddie told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a tremendous success. We had a total of 52 games and Lissivigeen won well, although it was a passionate final.”

He added that Niall McGillicuddy’s parents, Daithi and Sheila, and his sister Ellen were also in attendance on the day, although it was an emotional occasion for them.

“All school’s showed dignity and respect for the minute’s silence. They’re a credit to their parents, teachers and clubs.”

Joint Player of the Tournament for the girls went to Shona Colleran from Fossa School and Shola O’Donovan from Glenbeigh, while Joint Player of the Tournament for the boys went to Tom Benson from The Mon and Padraig Moynihan from Rathmore.

And Eddie added that he’d like to say thanks to David Clifford and Aidan O’Mahony, Vice-Principal of St Brendan’s College Hugh Rudden, and Principal of The Mon Colm O’Sullivan, Enda Walsh and Tommy Galvin from Legion, John C O’Shea who took photos with the drone and also to the Gardai and others who helped on the day.

Photos: Michelle Crean

[caption id="attachment_26967" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] BLITZ: Members of the Gardai, footballers David Clifford and Aidan O'Mahony, with pupils from The Mon and others pictured just before the 15th annual Garda Football Blitz in Fitzgerald Stadium on Wednesday.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26965" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Pictured at the blitz in Fitzgerald Stadium on Wednesday were: Front l-r were: Liam Cronin, Oisin O'Sullivan, Jed Switzer and Daire Murphy. Back l-r were: Aidan O'Mahony, Michael O'Riordan, Garda Eddie Walsh, David Clifford, Colm O'Sullivan and Inspector Paul Ahern.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_26964" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] The Gaelscoil Faithleann team pictured with teachers Tomás Ó Murchú and Treasa Uí Scannláin.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_26963" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] The Duagh team pictured with Karl Dillon (Teacher), Garda Martina Desmond and Liz Twomey.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26962" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Boherbue National School team pictured with Marie Casey (Principal), Mary O'Leary (staff) and Garda Tom Moynihan and Garda Eddie Walsh.[/caption]

 

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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Donation to be made in memory of Johnny Batt

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity. Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer. An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA remembered one of their most loyal members this week when his beloved club donated to a Kerry charity.

Club stalwart Johnny Batt Cronin, who was steeped in Spa GAA club history, passed away in September 2019 after a battle with cancer.

An outstanding footballer, he won seven O’Donoghue Cup medals with Spa as well as a county Intermediate Championship medal in 1974 and a County League Division One title two years later.

He was also a member of the star-studded East Kerry divisional side that won the inaugural All-Ireland Club Championship in 1971.

When he hung up his boots, Johnny trained and coached many underage teams and was honoured with a hugely deserved lifetime achievement award by his beloved Spa GAA Club in 2015.

He was also a champion card player, winning the Spa Championship of Kerry 31 Card Drive on two occasions.

After his passing, Spa GAA wanted to run a 31 Card Drive in his memory and to raise funds for the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

The Card Drive was postponed on several occasions due to the pandemic – and while some of the earlier rounds were completed by early 2020 – it was not possible to complete the competition that has now been cancelled completely due to ongoing crowd gathering concerns.

“A number of teams had entered this Card Drive competition (two people per team) and it started in early 2020 and most but not all of the early rounds did get played,” club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy, said.

“When COVID-19 hit they delayed the next stages of the competition.”

Nevertheless, teams had paid entry fees and it was decided to handover the funds raised to the Comfort for Chemo charity at the Oncology Department in University Hospital Kerry.

Members of the organising team met this week to reveal the winners of spot prizes had the event gone ahead. The money will be handed over next week to the charity when the final amount is totalled.

“They kept delaying and postponing but at this point have decided to cancel it completely and make the donation for the money that was collected at the time,” added Deirdre.

WINNERS

The prize-winning teams are:

€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: John Kerins and Tim McCarthy
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Con Lynch and Alan Cronin
€100 voucher for the Great Southern Killarney: Finbarr Godfrey and Tim Regan
€50 voucher (each) for Killarney Carpet & Furniture Centre: Seanie Kelliher and Connie Doolan
Bottle of whiskey and bottle of wine: Peter Cahill and Barry Duggan

The club also thanked event sponsors: Skellig Hotel Dingle, Kennelly’s Pharmacy, Hegarty’s Spar Muckross Road, Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney Oil, O’Leary’s Electrical, Paul Herlihy Contractor, Liam Chute, Killarney Oaks Hotel and Bowler’s Centra.

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