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St Paul’s golf classic to honour club legend Connie Brosnan

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St Paul’s will be swapping their basketballs for orbs of a smaller version when they host their Golf Classic in Beaufort Golf Club on Saturday, July 15.

With a thriving academy for both boys and girls, adult teams, and, of course, the National League project to finance, the Classic is a vital fundraiser.

This year's event will once again be held in memory of the late Connie Brosnan. Connie, who passed away in March 2020, was a stalwart of St Paul’s National League Men’s teams, serving as Team Manager in the nineties and tending to the squad’s every need. Up to his passing, he was the welcoming and friendly Venue Officer at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.

His affable nature led to many friendships and Connie was a keen and avid golfer, so it is apt and fitting that his memory should be associated with the Classic. He was a key figure as chairman of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Kidney Association and having received a kidney donation himself, he also represented Ireland in golf at the World Transplant Games in 2010 and 2017.

The event itself, which takes place at the picturesque and pristine Beaufort course, is open to teams of four for the great value of €300 per team. A much-needed meal will be provided afterwards.

Your support would be greatly welcomed and if golf is not your game you can also sponsor a tee box for the day. Joey Sheahan (087 6248383) and Seán Brosnan (087 2065133) are spearheading the Golf Classic and they can be contacted for more details.

There is also a host of sponsorship options packages available for the upcoming National League season. As well as playing in the golf, you can advertise your business at every home game through high quality signage, or become a game sponsor. Special membership cards, which carry free admittance to all the home games, can also be incorporated into your package.

Club committee members will be liasing with business interests and residents in the town in the coming weeks. Information on the different ways you can help the club can also be found on the St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Facebook page.

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Killarney set for festival of football at Spa GAA’s Club 7s

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The third annual Killarney Club 7s tournament will be staged next weekend (June 1-2) at Spa GAA grounds with 36 clubs and over 500 players due to take part.

The hugely successful event has already become a popular fixture of the local sporting calendar with large crowds flocking to Tullig for two days of football and entertainment.

With Heineken as title sponsors and support also coming from the likes of Kellihers Toyota, Killarney Credit Union, Sheahan’s, GMIB.ie, Daly’s SuperValu and O’Callaghan Coaches, attendees will be treated to top quality food and drink on site, as well as a wide array of live music. Acclaimed group Chasing Abbey are the headline act on Saturday with Super Céilí rounding things off on Sunday night.

On the pitch, men’s and women’s teams from all over the country will compete for €10,000 in prize money.

Matches will be played across three excellent pitches, all of which can be easily viewed from all areas of the grounds.

The group stages will be played on Saturday with the knockout rounds scheduled for Sunday. Participating teams include Confey from Kildare, St Finbarr’s from Cork, Castleknock from Dublin and, all the way from Germany, Berlin GAA.

The hosts Spa won the 2023 men’s final in dramatic fashion when a last-gasp goal saw them beat Cuala in front of a boisterous crowd.

Free shuttle buses will be running to Killarney when the festivities wind down at 10pm each night.

For more information, visit killarneyclub7s.ie.

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Fierce rivals Celtic and Athletic set for tense Kerry District League final

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Killarney Celtic’s dominance of the local junior soccer scene appears to show no signs of letting up after the Derreen-based club added more silverware to their cabinet last Sunday – but their fiercest rivals are hoping to rip up the script in this weekend’s league final.

Last week the Hoops defeated Tralee Dynamos in the final of the Greyhound Bar KO Cup to make it six-in-a-row in the county’s most prestigious knockout competition.

Lee Downing was the hero on the day as he scored twice in the first half to put his side in the ascendency. In the end, that was enough to get the job done as the Killarney lads held on for a 2-0 win.

The Celts have the opportunity to complete another league and cup double this weekend, although they will be pushed all the way by a talented young Killarney Athletic outfit in the Premier A final.

The match will take place on Sunday at 4pm in Mounthawk Park in Tralee and Brendan Moloney’s Blues will be eager to bring their neighbours’ remarkable run to an abrupt end.

Athletic will unfortunately be without stalwart Shane Doolan who recently suffered an ACL injury.

Supporters of both clubs are urged to make the journey to Tralee and get behind their teams for one last time this season.

The Killarney Athletic B team play Iveragh United in the Tommy Healy Cup final replay at the same venue at 1pm.

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