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Top chefs plan head-to-head battle in the County Cooking Championships tonight (Monday)

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CHEF'S BATTLE: The Kerry team taking part in the County Cooking Championships. Pictured are: Dan Moynihan from The Brehon, Bruce Mulcahy, Mulcahy's Kenmare, Sean Roche of Doyle's Dingle, Cyril Durand from The Dromhall Hotel and Craig Lynch from the Ballygarry House Hotel.

 

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Things will be hotting-up in the kitchen tonight (Monday) as teams of chefs from Kerry and Cork will go head-to-head in Killarney.

It’s the semi-final of the County Cooking Championships – and it all takes place locally in The Brehon Hotel, explained the chef behind the idea, Chad Byrne.

“This will be the first big culinary event for Kerry in 2020,” Chad told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have some of the best chefs in Cork and Kerry competing to cook the finest food representing their region and paying homage to local artisans, growers and producers. Through the championship, we want to highlight our Irish cultural heritage using local suppliers and highlighting old cooking styles with a modern approach.”

The night will begin with an epic cook-off battle, where the chefs go head-to-head in teams of five in front of one hundred diners as judges make their decision.

The theme of this competition will be based around two judges; Speciality Food Sustainability and Green Hospitality expert Conor Spacey who is currently starring in this season’s ‘Eco Eye’, along with Food Historian and McKenna’s Guide Person of the Year, Regina Sexton, Chad added.

The Kerry team is made up of Dan Moynihan from The Brehon, Bruce Mulcahy, Mulcahy’s Kenmare, Sean Roche of Doyle’s Dingle, Cyril Durand from The Dromhall Hotel and Craig Lynch from the Ballygarry House Hotel.

“There’s no barriers in the room with chefs cooking and serving for a totally immersive night. Only one team will go through to the Munster final which will be against either Limerick or Clare. It’s serious competition and serious chefs competing.”

The County Cooking Championship is also a great chance for chefs that may not know each other to come together and form new friendships and ideas, he added.

“We all learn from each other; the food, focus and fun helping our future chefs by giving them the right tools and attitude to succeed in our craft.”

“It’s a win-win for everyone! It’ll be an absolute cracker of a night for our diners and our chefs.”

 

 

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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