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Tributes to camogie stalwart Pat Sheehan

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By Sean Moriarty

The sporting and business communities, shocked at the sudden death Pat Sheehan on Monday, have paid tributes this week.

The Headford native and Kilcummin resident was highly popular at his work place in the Gleneagle Hotel and was hugely influential in Camogie circles both locally and across the county.

Pat spent 26 years working for visiting conferences at the Gleneagle and INEC.

The hotel issued a statement on behalf of management and staff.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sheehan family following the passing of our dear friend and colleague Pat Sheehan. Pat began working at The Gleneagle 26 years ago and since then met every day with enthusiasm, dedication and care for everyone around him,” said the tribute.

“A true gentleman - he brightened our days with his humour and smile. Our heartfelt condolences are with his wife Geraldine, his daughter Ilona and all his family.”

Pat played a big part in the development of camogie in Killarney and Kerry.

From 2018 he served as a coach with underage teams with both the Killarney and Sliabh Luachra Clubs and was the manager of the Killarney club's very first minor team who won the County Final earlier this year. His daughter Ilona played on this historic team also.

He was also a coach with the Kerry minor camogie team.

“All the girls remember his big smile,” Killarney camogie PRO, Sarah Dineen, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They are devastated. There was a great atmosphere within the club and he created that atmosphere.”

He supported his daughter Ilona as she rose to prominence in camogie. She is a member of the Killarney County Minor winning team and the Kerry Minor squad.

Both Killarney Camogie Club and Kerry Camogie formed a guard of honour at his funeral on Wednesday which was held in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin.

He was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Kilcummin afterwards.

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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