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Valiant Lakers fall short at semi-final stage

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National League Division 1 Semi-Final
DBS Éanna 95
Scotts Lakers 78
(Dublin)

The Scotts Lakers' Super League dreams are on ice for another season at least after they fell to a valiant defeat at the hands of DBS Éanna in Dublin on Saturday.

The visiting Lakers actually led at the half-time break but in the end Éanna's strength in depth showed and they eventually pulled away to win by 17. The margin was not an accurate reflection of the game as a whole and the Killarney lads can hold their heads high despite ultimately coming up short against very strong opposition.

For the second game in succession, Dutch forward Papito Hersisia provided the Lakers' main scoring threat and he finished up with an impressive tally of 36 points. Team captain Mark Greene chipped in with 17 points while American guard Seán O'Brien added 11.

Éanna, who finished first in the Northern Conference with an almost perfect 22-1 record, got big contributions from Josh Wilson (25), Neil Lynch (22) and Stefan Zecevic (21) on the day. 24 hours later, they were crowned Division 1 champions and gained automatic promotion to the Super League when they defeated Ballincollig 73-67 in WIT.

The Lakers' focus will now turn to the end of season League Cup competition which tips off this Saturday. They will have home advantage for their Round 1 game against LYIT Donegal and also for their quarter-final tie should they advance. That last eight fixture versus either IT Carlow or Ulster University will also take place this weekend, on Sunday afternoon with the time to be confirmed later in the week.

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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