This week Adam Moynihan caught up with talented Killarney golfer Jason Arthur to chat about his game, his fondest sporting memories, and his playing partners – good and bad!
Hi Jason. How are you keeping?
All good, Adam.
Thanks for speaking to me.
You’d have a reputation as being a bit of an all-rounder when it comes to sport. Remind us of the teams you have represented.
Football with Dr Crokes, soccer with Killarney Athletic and Killarney Celtic, and golf with Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.
How is the golf going at the moment?
Pretty good, but I’m not practicing nearly as much as I was last summer so it’s a bit up and down.
What’s your favourite and least favourite hole in Killeen?
The 10th on Killeen is my favourite hole and my least favourite is the 1st. I always make a mess of it.
Who’s your favourite local golfer to go for a round with?
Patrick Buckley and Anthony O’Carroll are my regular playing partners. And lately Ken ‘Snakes’ Clifford, who is always good craic but his golf game leaves a lot to be desired.
What’s the best piece of golf advice you’ve ever received?
Drive for show, putt for dough!
What’s your happiest sporting memory as an adult?
Winning the All-Ireland Junior Cup with my Killarney Golf and Fishing Club teammates last year, with my brother-in-law Donal Considine as manager.
And your best memory from your underage days?
When our team won the All-Ireland Junior Cup when I was 17. We were managed by my dad, James ‘The Wedge’.
Biggest sporting regret?
Who has been the best manager/coach you have played for?
I would say Mikey O’Donoghue when I was underage with the Crokes, and Ed O’Neill when we were in the Sem.
Who’s the most talented player you’ve ever played with?
Rory O’Sullivan at golf. He was an unbelievable talent underage. He doesn’t play as much anymore but he can still light it up when he does. In soccer, I’d say Eoin O’Connell. He was top class. And Mickey Joe Grady was a brilliant footballer.
Mark Bowe (when he doesn’t have the shanks).
Who are your favourite athletes of all time?
Tiger Woods, Alan Shearer and the Gooch.
Any hobbies outside of sport?
Hiking and running.
Best restaurant in Killarney?
Tough choice but Colm makes the nicest pizzas in Charlie Foleys - when he actually does a day’s work.
Favourite spot for a pint?
Charlie Foleys and The Speakeasy.
What’s the last show you binge watched?
Better Call Saul. Great show.
Which actor would play you in movie about your life?
Michael Fassbender! But I don’t think he’ll be clearing his schedule for the role anytime soon!
What would you sing at karaoke?
And last question… Which of your Killarney Golf Club friends would you least like to get stuck in an elevator with?
Tadhg ‘Tiger’ O’Keeffe. He can be pretty loud!
I hadn’t noticed… Sound for that, Jason. All the best.
No bother at all.
Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge
Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]
Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.
Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.
Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.
No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.
The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.
Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.
Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.
Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.
It’s tip-off time for new-look Lakers
National League Division 1
Scotts Lakers v Limerick Sport Eagles
Saturday at 7.30pm
Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre
The 2022/23 National League tips off on Saturday evening and the Scotts Lakers will be hoping to get their campaign off to a flyer at home to the Limerick Sport Eagles.
The Lakers narrowly missed out on a playoff berth last time around, mainly due to a disappointing start to the season. Playing their first four home games at alternative venues probably didn’t help; the Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre was being used as a makeshift vaccination centre at the time. That’s all ancient history now, thankfully.
With that in mind, a fast start will be a priority, beginning with the visit of the Eagles this weekend.
It’s always difficult to tell until at least a few matches have been played but head coach Jarlath Lee appears to have made some good moves during the off-season.
Godwin Boahen will be missed but Dutch point guard Esebio Strijdhaftig has come in as a replacement, and Ukrainian big man Dmytro Berozkin – all 6’10” of him – has also come on board.
American shooter Eric Cooper Jr’s time here was brief; he has moved on already with Indiana native Jack Ferguson filling his shoes. Just like former laker Seán O’Brien, Ferguson played college ball with Colgate University.
The Lakers have retained the services of Portuguese player Rui Saravia, a skilled passer who has settled in nicely.
Just as essential as the imports are the local players who make up the majority of the squad. Mark O’Shea and Paul Clarke are important figures in the squad, although their involvement is likely to be curtailed by football commitments for the time being.
Youngsters Jamie O’Sullivan, Senan O’Leary and David Gleeson could well see more game time this season after exhibiting great promise in 2021/22, and other St Paul’s graduates like Mark Sheahan, Jack O’Sullivan and Eoin Carroll will also play their part.
A player to keep a close eye on is Ronan Collins, a Gneeveguilla native who has represented Ireland with distinction at underage level.
The club will be hoping for a healthy turnout for their season opener.
Meanwhile, the Lakers’ crosstown rivals the Killarney Cougars have an away fixture to get things started. They take on SETU Carlow (formerly IT Carlow) at the Barrow Centre on Saturday evening.
The St Paul’s women’s team (who are back in the National League for the first time since 2012) are also ready for their opening match of the new campaign. They travel to Kilkenny to take on the Marble City Hawks on Saturday at 7pm.
The team is managed by well-known local coach James Fleming and will be backboned by Killarney players like Lynn Jones, Rheanne O’Shea, Cassandra Buckley and current Ireland U16 international Leah McMahon.
Canadian Sophia Paska (formerly of the Limerick Celtics) and American Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda (ex-Limerick Sport Huskies) will add some recent league experience to the squad.
Paul’s first home game of the 2022/23 season will come next Saturday, October 8 against the Celtics.
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