Goleen girl to represent Ireland at table tennis internationals

Goleen girl

Posted on: 7th July, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Mair was presented with her shirt by Councillor Collins on behalf of the ITTA.

Goleen was celebrating once again with the success of one of its own with local girl Mair Kelly who received a call up to represent Ireland at the International Senior Schools in Cardiff at the end of June. Mair is currently West Cork No.1 and a member of the Goleen Table Tennis Club, which is based in their local community centre. Fifteen-year-old Mair is very aware that it is only with local support that she is able to compete at national level and attributes her success to a number of factors including having access to one of the best training centres in Ireland.

Goleen has developed a reputation as a centre for excellence on a regional and national level and a number of coach education courses have been run at the club over the last couple of years.

With the support of the local community council and funding from various bodies including the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, club members have been awarded five Irish, nine Munster and two Munster Special Olympic selections.

Club Coach Owen Kelly is an ITTA Level 3 Coach and is one of the most experienced and qualified coaches in the country having travelled all over Europe as well as China, considered the centre of World Table Tennis. “Chairman of the Goleen and District Community Council Michael Collins has been a major driving force in supporting the efforts of our local club and without his and the rest of the local community councillors we would not be able to provide what is necessary for our players they would simply not be able to compete on the National and International stage,” said Mr Kelly.

Councillor Collins went on to say “We should be proud of what can be achieved by our local kids if they are to be given an opportunity and it is our challenge to continue to nurture the talent we have in all areas of West Cork. If we can identify the talent and skills out there and encourage both these groups and individuals it is quite remarkable what can be accomplished. Who would have expected a table tennis club in Goleen to attract players from Tralee, Killarney, Tipperary and Cork City?”

Mair who was presented with her shirt by Councillor Collins on behalf of the ITTA thanked Michael, her coach Owen, the Principal and staff of Schull Community College and her equipment sponsor Celtic Table Tennis for all their continued support throughout the year.

Latest News Articles:

Global Shares to create 80 new jobs
Ford 100 Fest on Ford family farm to mark 100 years of Ford in Ireland
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival launches delectable programme
Healing with a harp
Plan the perfect wedding day at the Fota Island Resort Wedding Forum
Clutching at straws for Coalition
Lee’s and Nils: West Cork clubs in the city
The walk of a lifetime
West Cork farmers take gold at National Farmer of the Year Awards
Shining success for Union Hall Centra store at 2017 Quality Awards

Join us on Facebook

This year Wild Atlantic Tag sponsored by Marine Harvest will take place in Adrigole on Saturday August 5th. All are welcome, whether you are a team entry or an individual looking to join a team. The teams will be divided into two sections, Social & Seriously Social! Please contact Sean (0879568363) or Joey (0879865827) to register. It promises to be great craic with plenty of refreshments available pre and post-match! Fantastic local musician Eoghan McEllhenny will entertain the rugby masses from 4.30pm followed by Peadar O’Callaghan and renowned Natural Gas will round off the night from 9.30pm! ... See MoreSee Less

14th July, 2017  ·  

A woodland walk will take place on the 22nd June at 7pm in Glengarriff Nature Reserve. This is a great opportunity to learn about woodlands, their plants and wildlife and is an opportunity not to be missed. Glengarriff Nature Reserve was designated as a Nature reserve in 1991, and covers over 300 acres in size. It is a beautiful and unique woodlands containing many different habitats and is owned and managed by NPWS primarily for conservation and amenity purposes. The event is led by National Parks Ranger Clare Heardman and has been organised by Cork Nature Network For further information please contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie ... See MoreSee Less

19th June, 2017  ·  

Union Hall lifeboat Station are looking for a volunteer lifeboat training coordinator. See poster for details. ... See MoreSee Less

13th June, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top