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Young rugby club members shine in Florida tournament

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By Sean Moriarty

Several members of Killarney Rugby Club’s underage team enjoyed the trip of a lifetime over the Easter weekend.

Fia Whelan Ava O'Malley and Clodagh Foley.

TOURNAMENT: Several members of Killarney Rugby Club’s underage team played a tournament in the United States at the weekend.

Five players were selected to take part in a Rugby 7s tournament in Florida after US-based academy Hawkeyes spotted them in action in Killarney last summer.

The Tropical 7s is one of the biggest underage rugby tournaments in the United States.

Players are selected from all over the world to form teams in their own underage bracket before the competitive element in Tampa over the Easter weekend.

Local players were selected after impressing Hawkeyes officials last year.

Beaufort girl Clodagh Foley played in the Under 18s competition and her team won the plate competition.

Listry’s Emjay Leslie and Beaufort’s Luke O'Malley both played in the Under 14 boys competition.

The Under 16 girls competition was co-coached by Killarney Rugby Club’s underage trainers Diarmuid O’Malley and Josh Whelan.

They managed a team of girls from all over the world, including Fia Whelan and Ava O’Malley who played with Fijians and Western Samoans and this international selection on the Under 16 competition outright.

“What was so interesting about this group is that the girls just met for trials on the Wednesday before the tournament and gelled immediately. The standard of rugby they played was off the charts but more important they all learned so much from the experience and have now formed friendships which will last a lifetime,” said O’Malley. “Played in the searing Florida heat, the players acquitted themselves very well in the international tournament."

The trip was made possible thanks to support from the following businesses, Killarney Brewery, Tim Jones Butchers, Cromane Foot Clinic, Heavenly Touch Therapies, Jacks Restaurant Cromane, Four Star Pizza, Kerry Woolen Mills, Great Southern Killarney, Plaza Hotel, Café du Parc, Yoga by Jo, Alan Devane Fitness, Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Milltown Dental Practice, Meadowlands Hotel Tralee and Be Pro Therapy.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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