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U11 doubles title for Glenbeigh sisters

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CHAMPIONS: Sisters Maggie and Clodagh Quirke from Glenbeigh are winners of the All-Ireland Cumann na mBunscoil handball finals. Photo: Con Dennehy

By Con Dennehy

It was a case of aces high for two Glenbeigh sisters who began their handball sporting career with the best possible outcome in Cavan at the weekend.

Maggie and Clodagh Quirke, students at Glenbeigh National School, were unbeatable when they represented Munster at the All-Ireland Cumann na mBunscoil Handball finals in Kingscourt, bringing home the prestigious U11 doubles title. This was a spectacular success for the duo who began playing the sport during the summer.

“Before we travelled to Cavan we took part in the Munster championships in Broadford,” Maggie (10) said.

“We were delighted and a little surprised to beat off teams from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary in our first major tournament. Following the medal presentation, it was announced we were part of the Munster team for the All-Ireland finals. We were thrilled with this honour.”

The energy sapping sport that requires stamina, speed, agility and control of the ball that travels at speeds in excess of 35km per hour proved no obstacle for the Mid-Kerry girls.

“Playing in the All-Ireland final was a big step up for us. We were playing more experienced players and had to work extremely hard for a win. In the first game we defeated Galway 15-8 and 15-12. It was more difficult against the Ulster champions, Tyrone. We scraped through with a three-point victory,” said Clodagh (8).

The final was a tense and exciting affair with the Kerry duo winning their first game 15-11 and in a pulsating second game edged ahead 15-14 to win the title at the expense of Kilkenny.

Maggie and Clodagh were top of the class when they returned back to Glenbeigh this week.

“They were all delighted we won the title and brought honour to the school and Glenbeigh Handball Club. We are lucky to have great coaches to teach us the skills of the game. They include Jack O’Shea, Christy Marty and our dad John Joe. We will now train for the U12 Kerry and Munster club competitions and just enjoy this great sport,” Clodagh added.

Clodagh and Maggie are following in the footsteps of their famous father, John Joe Quirke, winner of the World Masters title in the USA last year. He is also the holder of 10 All-Ireland titles at various grades.

With the 2021 World Championships taking place in Croke Park, it will come as no surprise if the names of Clodagh and Maggie Quirke are engraved on the winner’s trophy in the U12 doubles category.

 

 

 

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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