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Unforgettable soccer trip for two Kerry school boys

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HERO MEETING: Classmates, Brian O’Sullivan and Sean Cox, both aged 11, met their hero Shane Long after last Friday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark.

 

By Sean Moriarty

A trip to see the Republic of Ireland soccer team take on Denmark in Copenhagen last Friday night turned into a memorable trip for two Kilcummin school boys.

Classmates, Brian O’Sullivan and Sean Cox, both aged 11, were taken to see the Euro 2020 qualifier at the Danish capital’s Parken Stadium by their dads Brian and Tom.

The trip itself should have been a highlight for the two soccer mad youngsters but what happened afterwards will mean the two school pals will never forget the match.

Ahead of the game they each made up posters asking for their respective idols - Brian is a huge Shane Duffy fan and his classmate Sean is a James McClean fan - to give them their jerseys after the match.

“When I saw them going off with their poster I thought they had no chance,” Brian’s mother Maura told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they got to the stadium early and the Irish team was out practicing and saw the posters and gave the two boys the thumbs up.”

History will record that Shane Long scored the equalising goal, much to the delight of Sean.

After the game James McLean sought out the four Killarney fans in the crowd and handed his jersey to Tom - but Shane Duffy was unable to make it across the pitch.

Sensing Sean’s disappointment the two enterprising dads made their way to the back of the stadium and met a security guard and explained their situation. The guard took their posters to the Irish team’s dressing room and a few minutes later Long appeared and met the two boys.

“It was just fantastic for them,” said Maura.

“Shane Long apologised that all the jerseys were gone away to be washed, but promised Sean he would get it for him.”

On Tuesday of this week the FAI emailed the O’Sullivan family to say the jersey was in the post to them.

 

 

 

 

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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