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Major handball event at Spa Hall today

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By Con Dennehy

Handball is set to be off the wall in Killarney this weekend when some of the leading up and coming stars of Irish handball fight it out for top honours at the Spa 1 Wall Slam competition.

Hosted by the progressive Spa Killarney Handball Club, this national tournament takes place at the magnificent Spa GAA facility. The action will get underway today (Saturday) at 11.30am.

“We are delighted with the response and will have 40 players in various grades competing in 50 games during the day,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, Tournament Director and PRO of the Spa Killarney Handball Club. “There will be plate and cup competitions for five grades including Men’s B, Men’s C, Ladies’ B, Ladies’ C and Masters 45-plus.”

The tournament has attracted players from Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Dublin. Killarney players are expected to feature prominently on the winner’s podium with Brendan O’Donoghue tipped for honours in the Masters category. In the 2019 Munster Master A competition, O’Donoghue became the first Spa/Killarney man to win a Munster championship silver medal and an All-Ireland handball silver in the highly ranked Master's 55 B final.

In the Ladies B competition, Aoife Walsh (Spa Killarney), a winner at the ‘She’s Ace’ Tournament in Northern Ireland earlier this year, is also tipped for success along with her club colleagues Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds in the Ladies C tournament.

Other Killarney competitors expect to challenge for top honours include Sarah Dineen, Neill Horgan, David Gillespie, Kieran O’Brien, Sheila Kelliher, Bríd Horgan and Laura Sweeney.

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Lough Lein anglers enjoy annual charity day 

It’s always a popular event, and Sunday was no different for the members of the Lough Lein Anglers Association. The Killarney club, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, […]

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It’s always a popular event, and Sunday was no different for the members of the Lough Lein Anglers Association.

The Killarney club, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, held their 34th annual charity open fly fishing competition known simply as ‘The Charity’.

It’s part of the angling tradition in the club and is always the most popular event on the fly fishing calendar in Ireland.

Spearheaded by Timo O’Sullivan, to date the anglers have raised in excess of €229,000 for deserving charities in Kerry and Cork. The main sponsor of the event is Lee Strand Co-op, Tralee.

This year’s deserving beneficiaries are the Kerry Hospice Foundation and The Saoirse Foundation – BUMBLEance.

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‘What Louise said was bang on’ – Kerry ladies back Ní Mhuircheartaigh in facilities row

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by Adam Moynihan

The Kerry ladies are “100%” behind Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh following her comments about the team’s limited access to Kerry GAA’s Centre of Excellence in Currans.

Ní Mhuircheartaigh caused a stir late last week when she revealed that she and her teammates have not been allowed to train at the state-of-the-art facility, which is owned and operated by the men’s county board.

Kerry’s star forward described the lack of access as “annoying”, especially considering the fact that a large photograph of her adorns the entrance to the facility.

Speaking exclusively to this journalist on The Kerry Football Podcast, Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s teammate Kayleigh Cronin confirmed that the whole team are on the same page on this issue.

“I think what Louise said was bang on and we all 100% agree with it,” Cronin said.

“She was put in a bit of a tough position being asked about it, but what she got off her chest is 100% what the team feels. And I can say with certainty that I can speak on behalf of not only all the girls in the dressing room but the backroom team and management as well in saying that what Louise has said is all of our opinions.

“What’s said is said now. We’ll leave it out there for everyone else to be thinking about and to be talking about. Hopefully the county boards can sort it out between themselves. As far as we’re concerned, that’s us done with it.”

In the wake of Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s comments, Kerry GAA released a statement via Balls.ie:

“Kerry GAA have been in discussions with the Kerry LGFA in relation to their use of the Centre of Excellence facilities in Currans and the future development of one of the two undeveloped pitches in the complex for specific use by the Kerry LGFA and Kerry Camogie

“The Kerry LGFA have been accommodated with training facilities at the Centre of Excellence over the past number of years and this will continue to be the case.

“We look forward to working in close collaboration with Kerry LGFA to bring our collective future development plans to fruition.”

Dr Crokes star Cronin says she and her teammates are “absolutely” keen to see that happen.

“We had the pleasure of being in there prior to COVID. It’s an unbelievable facility. It’s obviously very central as well. So hopefully, fingers crossed, the county boards can work together and get the pitch in good nick, so that not only we can use it but the underage teams as well.

“It would be great to have a base to go from in the future.”

Cronin added that team are now focussing on Saturday’s Munster final against Cork, which takes place before the men’s final at 12.15pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium.

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