Launch of the Annual 7-A-Side Tournament

Killarney Athletic officially launched its Annual 7 a side tournament in Killarney Credit Union last Friday 10th May.  The event will take place on Monday 24th June at the Killarney Athletic Grounds,Woodlawn, Killarney and its main sponsor is Killarney Credit Union.

Colette Casey of Killarney Athletic stated “That we are delighted to be celebrating our 43th year of this event and this year we are introducing some changes to the event.

The competition will now take place over 2 weeks with games taking place Monday to Friday and underage games being played on our new astro turf pitch.

The finals are scheduled to take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July.

The tournament is open to all ages. Senior Men, Over 35s and underage boys from 10-16 years.

Application forms are available from the Beech Road and Park Road branches of Killarney Credit Union and at www.killarneyathletic.com.

The entry fee for Senior Men: €200; Over 35s: €150; Ladies: €150

U10/12: €75 U 14/16: €100.

“Killarney Credit Union is proud to be the main sponsor of this event, especially in light of its 43th year anniversary, we would like to wish the organisers and all participants the best of luck in this year’s soccer tournament”

There will be a range of accolades as part of the event, the Premier and Reserve Cups, the Kieran Cahillane Senior Player of the Tournament Award will be on offer for the outstanding player on view, while The Johnny Heffernan Underage Player of the Tournament Award will also be up for grabs. Also, there will be free entry to the 2020 tournament for the Premier Cup winners.

The closing date for all ages (to be returned to the credit union) is Friday 7th June before 5.30pm.

The draw will take place on Monday 10th June in the Shire Cafe, Killarney at 9.00pm.

Further information is available from www.killarneyathletic.com.

Kerry Racing News

Paddy Kennedy is having a great time of things and he combined with Jessica Harrington to land the first of the races on Grand National day at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday where The Holy One took the 2m novice handicap hurdle. In the colours of David Bobbett, the 20/1 chance got home by just a neck from Kuiper Belt and will be on show again at Punchestown this week. Bryan Cooper was also a winner on the card as he partnered Maeve’s Choice to win the 2m6f handicap hurdle for local trainer Matthew Smith. The 10/1 chance is owned by Michael Hannon.

Kennedy’s younger brother Jack had an easy time of it when riding a winner at Wexford on Saturday. He scored a seven and a half-length win on the Norman Lee-trained Sole Pretender in the Coast Hotels & Resorts Rated Hurdle. Sent to post an 11/8 favourite, Sole Pretender made light work of his rivals. The five-year-old was a winner at Ballinrobe two weeks ago and is set for a return there for the €50,000 McHale-sponsored handicap hurdle at the end of May. Jack also played his part in the Gordon Elliott four-timer at Sligo on Sunday where he partnered 7/2 chance Soldier At War to win the 2m4f maiden hurdle.

SECRET ROMANCE AT CAHERNANE HOUSE HOTEL, KILLARNEY

Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry is a unique and magical location to spoil your loved one with a romantic escape away. The Secret Romance package (from €307 per adult sharing) includes a two night stay in a Deluxe room at Cahernane House Hotel with dinner on one evening of your choosing.

On arrival your room will be decorated in rose petals where a chocolate dessert plate will be designed with a personal message to welcome you. This romantic break away also includes a champagne breakfast brought directly to your room. Cahernane House Hotel want to make your stay memorable so you can also enjoy a complimentary romantic boat trip to Inisfallen Island (weather permitting) or a traditional horse and carriage ride to the beautiful Muckross Abbey. Dine at the 2 AA Herbert Restaurant over a 5-course candlelit dinner with a celebratory glass of champagne each to mark your special occasion. The dining room epitomises the style and grandeur of the original house with beautiful views over the gardens and mountains beyond.

Cahernane offer a range of Deluxe, Superior, Signature and Coach House rooms perfect for a luxury, romantic getaway. The exclusive Herbert Suite, located in the Manor House is also ideal for that special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday.

Cahernane House Hotel is a member of Ireland’s Blue Book and was awarded the prestigious Condé Nast Johannsen’s Traveler Guide. The hotel also won an International Gold Award of Excellence for the best 4-star hotel in Ireland from CIE Tours International in January of this year.

Over €7.8 million has been spent on Cahernane House Hotel by the current owners, PREM Group which has seen each of the manor rooms being completely renovated and restored. The renovation programme included the complete refurbishment of all of the bedrooms and the complete refurbishment of the original Cellar Bar, Library and Atrium. 8 more bedrooms are currently under construction in the old Coach House with works expected to be completed in May of this year. The house is a wonderful property, peaceful, elegant and a place where time has truly stood still.

Cahernane House Hotel are more than happy to help you personalise your stay. For more details or to book your Secret Romance Package now see www.cahernane.com or call Cahernane House Hotel on (064) 6631895.

Leo joins the volunteers on County Clean Up Day

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joined over 6,000 volunteers on the eighth annual Kerry County Clean Up day onSaturday last.

The countywide community initiative which is coordinated by KWD Recycling and Kerry County Council involves Tidy Towns groups, GAA clubs, IFA and ICMSA members and countless community and voluntary organisations.

A total of 22,000 bags and 1,500 high-vis vests were distributed by KWD Recycling to over 330 groups who had registered, and thousands of people took to the  county’s roadsides and in towns and villages as part of the clean-up.

Among the volunteers on Saturday was the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley who commended everyone for getting involved:

‘The growing success of the County Clean Up since it was established in 2012, is evident in the ever-increasing voluntary effort all over Kerry and the volume of litter retrieved over the years is indicative of the larger numbers taking part. Great credit is due to organisations like the GAA, IFA and ICMSA for encouraging their members to get involved. Well done to every group and individual for playing their part in this very special grassroots initiative which aims to maintain Kerry’s very valuable reputation for tidiness and cleanliness,’ said Cllr Foley.

Civic honour for popular couple: Nicky and Anne McAuliffe honoured by Kerry County Council

Last Monday Kerry County Council honoured and celebrated one of Kerry’s best-known and best-loved couples Nicky and Anne McAuliffe.

The Civic reception which was hosted in the Chambers of Kerry County Council and proposed by Kerry Independent Alliance Councillor Michael Gleeson acknowledges the role played by, and achievements of, groups or individuals who have excelled in their particular field and who have brought great achievement, honour and success to Kerry.

In true celebratory fashion, Nicky and Anne brought a crowd and even the ardent political type had to be turned with the arrival of a host of musical instruments that were put to good use less than an hour later in the councils civic meeting room.

In many ways they were there to express their acknowledgement of and gratitude for the great pleasure which Nicky and Anne McAuliffe have brought to so many people over many years as well as what they have achieved in the cultural sphere.

Traditional Irish music is an integral part of our national story, our history, our culture and our heritage. Our native music is woven through the story of Ireland and its culture. Our native music is unique to our island and it sets us apart from other nations around the globe.

Nicky, a native of Cordal, and Anne from Lixnaw are, without doubt, two of the finest exponents of traditional Irish music which Kerry has ever produced. In the great pantheon of traditional musicians from Kerry, the McAuliffes are right up there with musicians like Johnny O’Leary, Paddy Cronin, Pádraig O’Keeffe, Denis McMahon, Julia Clifford and Con Curtin.

Congrats to both of them

Parishioners looking to save Church of former Brosna PP

Parishioners of a Manchester Church that was once home to a Kerry priest have put out a plea to help save their Church this week.

The future of St Edward’s RC Church in Rusholme, Manchester, which was the home parish to the late Brosna priest Fr. Edward Morrissey for 26 years is at risk and they are looking to people to help them save it. Donal Barry Reports 

Fr “Eddie” as he was better known, was a regular guest on Radio Kerry’s Terrace Talk with the late Weeshie Fogarty. He was a long life Kerry football fan and followed the fortunes of Limerick in the hurling. At the time of his death in 2014 he was still involved with the Kerryman’s Association in Manchester.

This week the “Save St Edward’s Church” Group was calling on people to write to the Bishop of Salford, the Right Reverend John Arnold, outlining the reasons why you value St Edward’s Church.

His postal address is Wardley Hall, Worsley, M28 2ND and his email address is bishop@salforddiocese.org.uk​

A spokesperson for “Save St Edward’s Church” Group told the Outlook that ​“St Edward’s Church is essential to the lives of its parishioners as well as the wider, multicultural community in Rusholme and beyond. At present, St Edward’s Church is home to a thriving, vibrant and diverse congregation. The parishioners travel from all over Greater Manchester to attend. It is vital that St Edward’s Church continues as a fully functioning Catholic Church which can provide the complete pastoral and sacramental care of its parishioners.”​

Rusholme is an area of high social deprivation and it is paramount that the Catholic Church retains its important presence in the community.​ St Edward’s Church must carry on developing its relationships with other Christian communities and those of other religions.​ 

St Edward’s Church was established in 1861, and is of significant historical, religious, cultural and social value.  It has been a central part of the community for over 150 years, and we hope and pray that it will continue to serve in this key role.​

How can you help?​​

Sign our online petition to show your support and forward it to others. ​Add a comment to let people know what St Edward’s Church means to you​. Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/SaveStEdwardsChurchRusholme/

Follow us on twitter https://twitter.com/save_church and spread the word using #SaveStEdwardsChurch

If you have any ideas or suggestions to help with this campaign, please email Save_St_Edwards_Church@hotmail.com​

Tralee Warriors crowned Men’s Super League champions 2019!

It was the stuff dreams are made of in Tralee as, after a rollercoaster of a ride through the Men’s Super League 2018/19 season, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors were finally crowned champions at their home court.

The Kerry men came through one of the toughest finishing runs to a season ever, meeting Templeogue two weeks ago at home, going on to a double header weekend against Neptune and Moycullen, before finishing with an incredible double header weekend against UCD Marian this weekend – and finally, their efforts were rewarded as they ran out 88-73 point winners over the Dubliners tonight.

There were heroes across the court for the Kerry men – Kieran Donaghy led the charge from the front, dropping threes at crucial stages of the game and fighting hard on every defense. Keith Jumper, Fergal O’Sullivan and young star and newly crowned local hero, Rapolas Buivydas were also some of the stand out players in a team full of stand out players. When one man was down, the next stepped up, and they did so in style this evening.

Coming off the back of a tough and hard-fought overtime battle against UCD In Dublin last night, Tralee knew they had it all ahead of them today but again, the Warriors heart shone through and a massive first half performance, that saw them drive into a 55-35 point half time lead, laid the foundations of what was to come. Reigning champions UCD were not lying down easily though and a late surge led by the pacey Elijah Mays saw them close the gap as the clock ticked down, but the work had already been done and as the fourth quarter began to tick down, celebrations were in full swing for the capacity crowd.

“Last night was the winning of it really,” admitted Kieran Donaghy afterwards. “We finished with five Tralee lads on the floor last night with other lads in foul trouble and that win, that overtime win, was the winning of it. We knew we had the sixth man in the crowd down here tonight. This is what we wanted when we started this. We wanted something the whole town could get behind and it’s been a long road, a tough journey of ups and downs, but we got here.”

Darren O’Sullivan added: “This is everything – everything to us. You see how many kids are here. This is everything for the town and everything for the development of the next generation.

An emotional head coach, Pat Price added: “If you don’t dream it won’t happen – and we have been dreaming about this moment all season. This kind of thing doesn’t happen by accident. I’m delighted for them they’ve earned it and that’s how it should happen – you should earn it. UCD were defending champions and they weren’t going to roll over, but I’m just so happy and proud of the lads.”

Elsewhere, UCC Demons lost out to Pyrobel Killester in their last regular season game of the weekend, 74-99, with Alex Herreros and Luis Garcia Filiberto Hoyos the standouts for the Dubliners on the day.

Over in the Women’s Super League meanwhile, Singleton Supervalu Brunell have secured a semi-final berth in the WSL Champions Trophy against the league champions Courtyard Liffey Celtics next weekend thanks to a 70-62 defeat of Cork neighbours Ambassador UCC Glanmire this afternoon.

“It certainly wasn’t the prettiest game,” Brunell coach Tim O’Halloran said after the win. “Neither team had control for any period, it was a lot of back and forth but we did enough to hold out in the end.”

Danielle O’Leary led the way in the first half, knocking down three threes on her way to a game-high 19 points. While
Brunell were behind by four at the first half, a big shot from O’Leary before the interval gave her side the initiative going into the dressing rooms. Glanmire put a run together in the opening stages of the third quarter, but two big threes from Amy Murphy pegged the deficit back to see the sides separated by on once more going into the last.

Glanmire took an early lead in the fourth, but Brunell’s Tricia Byrne was the standout in the closing stages, pushing the tempo and leading her side from six behind to eight ahead with four minutes to play and they drove on from there to see a rematch of this year’s Women’s National Cup final next weekend.

“We know at this stage what Liffey are about,” O’Halloran continued. “It’s just a matter of going in at this stage, looking after their threats and seeing if we can get a result. I have every confidence in the girls that they’ll do it.”

In the Men’s Division One meanwhile DBS Éanna will return to the Men’s Super League for the 2019/2020 season thanks to a thrilling 73-67 victory over Abbey Seals Dublin Lions in the Men’s Division One National League final in Waterford today. Éanna dominated the early exchanges, but Lions came roaring back to make it a nerve-wracking conclusion to the league.

“We played 25 games this season and won 24 and lost one,” said head coach, Darren McGovern afterwards. “That’s league winners material right there. We’re dead proud of ourselves and of every player, every backroom member, the committee, the club – the whole of Éanna: they really pushed hard this season to help us achieve what we wanted to achieve from day one.

“We came out of the blocks flying, and I was very impressed with our energy levels. We got open shots and easy layups and Dublin Lions were not at the races at the beginning of the game, but, my God, did they change it around and give us a massive fright. We were absolutely under the cosh, there’s no doubt about it. The spirit in that Dublin Lions club is fantastic, but we’re a squad that wants to go back to the Super League. We’re a squad that can maintain Super League so with a few additions, we’re going to be a strong outfit next season.”

Dingle Gin wins “World’s Best Gin” as Irish gin goes from strength to strength on the world stage

Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has congratulated the Dingle Whiskey Distillery which was awarded Overall Best in World at the World Gin Awards Ceremony 2019, which took place in London last night.

Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) said:

“We’d like to congratulate all the team at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery for this wonderful accomplishment, which is another sign of Irish gin going from strength to strength on the highly competitive international stage.

“It’s demonstrates how quality and authenticity is helping brands like Dingle Gin to stand out.

“In 2018, Irish gin grew in both the domestic and export markets.

“There are now over 20 gin producers and over 50 gin brands in Ireland, with 12 new brands introduced in 2018.

“The value of exports of Irish gin from the Republic of Ireland was up 260% in 2018.

“As the Irish gin supply base expands in response to global trends, double-digit growth was recorded in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy and Germany.”

Killarney National Park to benefit under Rural Regeneration & Development Fund

The glasshouses at Muckross House in Killarney National Park are set to receive funding for restoration following an announcement by  Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring, TD under his Department’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

The National Tourism Development Authority said that the announcement is recognition of the importance and value of tourism to rural regeneration and development.

Killarney is among multiple national parks that will receive €3,915,000.

Works at National Parks will provide a major upgrade of National Parks and Reserves in a number of locations, including Kerry, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Wicklow.

The money will aid the implementation of the Tourism Interpretative Master Plan for Ireland’s National Parks and Nature Reserves. Works will include creating new Park trails, upgrading of access facilities and car parks, restoration of greenhouses in Killarney National Park, new signage and visual imagery, and the use of hybrid buses in selected National Parks to assist in lowering the carbon footprint of visitor activities.

Asthma Society warns 13,795 people in Kerry with asthma to take precautions ahead of ‘significant snowfall’

The Asthma Society of Ireland is warning people with asthma to take precautions as Met Eireann predicts ‘significant snowfall’ this week.

Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, said: “Cold weather is a serious trigger for many people with asthma. During cold spells, people need to be particularly careful and proactive in managing their asthma to avoid having an asthma attack, which for some people, can be fatal. 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma and one of these people tragically dies every week.”

Top Tips for Managing your Asthma in the Cold Weather:

  • Take your prescribed controller medication daily and have your reliever inhaler with you at all times.
  • It is important to use a reliever inhaler before going out in frosty, damp conditions.
  • On cold windy days wear a scarf over your nose and mouth – this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in.
  • Take extra care when exercising in cold weather- warm up for 10-15 minutes. Take two puffs of your reliever inhaler before you start. Exercise indoors if possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly.Try to avoid coming into contact with harmful bacteria by washing hands, or using hand sanitiser, regularly.
  • Check the weather forecast.Try to avoid trips outside during particularly cold, wet, and windy weather, which might make breathing more difficult.
  • Call the Asthma Society’s free Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64 if you have any questions about managing your asthma.
  • Colds and flus are also very prominent at this time of the year and are also a trigger for asthma. Try to avoid contracting the flu virus by:
  • Getting the flu vaccine.
  • Getting plenty of sleep and eat healthy – this can help boost your immunity and decrease the risks of contracting a flu.
  • If you suspect someone has a cold or the flu, keep your distance where possible.
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing using a tissue – this tissue should be binned afterwards.
  • Try to get into the habit of not touching your face as this is often how the flu is spread.
  • Regularly clean hard surfaces such as your phone, keyboard and door handles.

If you catch the flu, you should:

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor straight away.
  • Remember to use your preventative inhaler everyday, which will help control. inflammation in your lungs – this will make you less likely to have an asthma attack.
  • Improve your inhaler technique to get the best benefit from your medication – watch our Inhaler Technique videos on asthma.ie for best practice.
  • Always carry your reliever inhaler with you wherever you go.
  • Rest as much as possible – the flu can be extremely tiring and you will need all your energy to fight it.
  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.
  • Stay home from work/school when you experience flu symptoms, to rest and also to avoid spreading the virus.

If you have an questions about managing your asthma during the cold weather, the Asthma Society runs an Asthma and COPD Adviceline which users can call for free on 1800 44 54 64 to speak a respiratory specialist nurse.

These tips should also be followed by people with COPD in Ireland as COPD symptoms can also be triggered by the cold weather.  More than 380,000 people in Ireland have COPD but only 110,000 are diagnosed with the illness.  If you have any questions about managing your COPD, the number to call is: 1800 83 21 46.