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Ukrainians plant Viburnum bushes as a sign of gratitude

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As Independence Day of Ukraine approaches on August 24, the Ukrainian community presented 20 Viburnum bushes (Kalyna - ukr) to the Killarney community.

Ukrainians want to leave behind a memory for many years in Killarney, as well as express their gratitude to all locals for their hospitality and warm welcome.

Ukrainians, together with the Mayor of Killarney, planted the 20 Viburnum bushes in the Maurice O'Donoghue Memorial Park on the footpath behind the Riverside Hotel on Tuesday.

Viburnum is a very important symbol for every Ukrainian. In every yard of every grandmother in Ukraine, you will find a Viburnum bush. Its white flowers and red berries are sung in folk songs, embroidered on traditional clothes and towels, houses, and coats of arms of towns and cities have been decorated with Viburnum since ancient times.

The battle march "Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow" is now heard all over the world and is the anthem of the resistance of Ukrainians against Russian aggression.

"Viburnum for a Ukrainian is also a symbol of his native home," says Volodymyr Kravchenko, one of the youngest participants of the initiative. "We want to have a little corner of Ukraine here in Killarney. We also want to express our gratitude to all residents of Killarney for their hospitality and leave a Viburnum alley as a memory."

Niall Kelleher, Mayor of Killarney, who granted permission to plant the bushes and also joined the action, added that "there is a lot of Ukrainian people in our community so it's very important".

"We're all growing together in our community and it's going to set vector for the growth of those bushes and the growth of Ukrainians here in Killarney and in Kerry and in Ireland. It symbolises where we're going together as human beings and after one another, so I suppose it's important if we can do that.”

Ukrainians are very grateful to Sheila Casey for her help in organising this event.

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Handball continues to shine in Killarney

By Con Dennehy Handball in the Killarney region can look back at 2022 as a year of continued progress, the promotion of handball in East Kerry and the introduction of […]

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By Con Dennehy

Handball in the Killarney region can look back at 2022 as a year of continued progress, the promotion of handball in East Kerry and the introduction of the sport to a new generation.

It has been a phenomenal and successful year for the Spa Killarney Club. At the Annual General Meeting of the club this week, one of the highlights of the year singled out for mention was the hosting and promotion of a One Wall National Tournament which attracted players from all over Ireland to the Killarney venue in March.

There was joy for the home club at the tournament when Currow native and Spa Killarney Club member Aoife Walsh had an impressive victory in the highly competitive Ladies B championship.

There was also an international dimension for the club in 2022 when four players took part in the European One Wall Tournament in London. At this event Eoin O’Donoghue won gold in the Open Doubles B championship where he partnered with John Joe Quirke from Glenbeigh and Brendan O’Donoghue won a silver medal in the Over 40 Doubles final.

“As a new club we were delighted with the success we achieved in 2022. In January Aoife Walsh and Sinead Moriarty took home silverware in the highly competitive She’s Ace competition in Tyrone. This really was our springboard for success during the year and resulted in some of our players competing in the One Wall national finals in Roscommon in July. We are looking forward to an exciting 2023 and hopefully welcoming new members to the club,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, PRO of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

The club rounded off a memorable year in October when they hosted the Munster One Wall championships and the Kerry Handball Board AGM in November where club members Kieran O’Brien was elected president of Kerry Handball and Brendan O’Donoghue was appointed delegate to the Kerry GAA Board.

Officers Elected for 2023/2024: Brendan O’Donoghue (Chairman), Sinead Moriarty (Vice Chairperson), David Gillespie (Secretary), Eoin O’Donoghue (PRO) and James O’Brien (Treasurer).

Open Night

Spa Killarney Handball Club will host an Open Night at the Spa GAA Club on Monday night (February 6). This will be an opportunity for attendees to savour the thrill of handball, have a taster game and meet the club players. It commences at 7pm and all over 18s are welcome.

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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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