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Time to put town rivalries aside and support Killarney hurling as one

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By Sean Moriarty

Dr Crokes GAA Club is calling on people of Killarney to put sporting rivalries aside and get behind the club’s entry into the County Senior Hurling Championship.

 

Dr Crokes hurling manager John Lenihan says the club’s decision to enter the senior competition will add to the sporting excitement in the town.

Despite intense rivalry on the football pitch, the hurling arm of the club draws its players from every club in the region.

They won the County Intermediate title last year and at the club’s AGM earlier this week officials decided to exercise their option to play at the top level this season.

The move has yet to be ratified by the County GAA Board but this is expected to be a formality.

If ratified, a Killarney team will contest the 2021 Senior Hurling Championship where they will face the kingpins of Kerry hurling. North Kerry teams like Kilmoyley and Causeway have dominated the senior championship in recent years.

The last time a Killarney team won the coveted Neilus Flynn Cup was in 1969, when a combined team, made of players from every club in the town, were declared champions.

“It is no different to basketball, look at the excitement a national game brings to town,” Lenihan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I would often go down and watch a Killarney Celtic game if they were playing a big match. These will be big occasions in Killarney and a major step in promoting hurling in town. Hurling is part of the GAA and one of our national sports.”

Since Killarney’s victory 52 years ago, every championship has been won by a North Kerry club. It is 30 years since Kenmare appeared in a County Hurling Final.

Dr Crokes arrival at senior level will add a breath of fresh air to the North Kerry dominance and will help grow the sport in the Killarney area.

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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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