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All welcome to St Paul’s Basketball Club registration event this Friday

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Preparing for the St Paul's Basketball Club Registration evening were front from left, Ava Weldon, Joshua Switzer, Ruth Courtney, Julie Delaney, Ben Switzer and Rian Weldon. Back from left are Jean Courtney, Jarlath Lee, Elizabeth Switzer, Padraig Weldon, Mary Delaney and Philip O'Connor. The registration and enrolment  evening will take place in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre  this Friday, September 9, from 6pm to 8pm. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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ST PAUL'S BASKETBALL CLUB will hold its annual registration and enrolment evening in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre this Friday, September 9, from 6pm to 8pm.

The registration evening is open to boys and girls from under-8 to under-18 and all players will be catered for. Registration for the 'Little Dribblers' (under-8) will also take place on the evening. Club officers and team coaches will be available to meet with players and parents at this event.

It is important that all players register with the club on Friday, September 9, so that a sufficient amount of teams can be entered in the Kerry Area Board Leagues. Parents are asked to attend the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre on the night with their children.
Anybody who can't attend will have to register with the club before the deadline day of September 23. Further registration details can be found on stpaulskillarney.ie and facebook.com/StPaulsKillarney

St Paul's would be delighted to welcome any new players interested in joining the club this season. The club would also appreciate the input of extra coaches as well. While most teams have a coach in place for the season ahead, the club is still looking for a coach and team manager for the U-12 and U-14 girls team and the U-11 boys team.

NEW COACH

Under the direction of new club chairman, Padraig Weldon, St Paul's have made very progressive steps in recent months towards the development of basketball coaching in Killarney. The club is delighted to announce that new Slovenian coach Muharem Vugdalic will arrive in Killarney on September 8 to take up the position of professional coach in the club.
A former Slovenian international, Muharem also has a very impressive international coaching record and he will oversee all coaching in St Paul's and will also help out with player development within the club. The new coach will also be working in the local schools reaching out to several more young players in the Killarney and East Kerry area.
The club is very grateful for the support of local businesses who have made it possible to bring in a foreign coach.
St. Paul's would be delighted to hear from any local business that is interested in getting involved with the club in any sponsorship capacity.

DIARY DATES
The St Paul's annual flag day will take place on Saturday, September 17.
The club’s golf classic will take place at Beaufort Golf Club on Saturday, October 23.
 


 
Above: Preparing for the St Paul's Basketball Club Registration evening were front from left, Ava Weldon, Joshua Switzer, Ruth Courtney, Julie Delaney, Ben Switzer and Rian Weldon. Back from left are Jean Courtney, Jarlath Lee, Elizabeth Switzer, Padraig Weldon, Mary Delaney and Philip O'Connor. The registration and enrolment  evening will take place in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre  this Friday, September 9, from 6pm to 8pm. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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