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84% of supporters expect East Kerry to prevail, survey reveals

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by Adam Moynihan

A survey carried out by the Killarney Advertiser has found that 84% of our readers are expecting East Kerry to win the 2022 Kerry Senior Football Championship.

With a stacked squad that includes the best players from Fossa, Kilcummin, Glenflesk, Rathmore, Listry, Gneeveguilla, Firies and now Legion, the 2019 and 2020 champions are odds-on favourites to recapture the Bishop Moynihan Cup this time around. And fans clearly believe that those odds are justified as roughly five out of six respondents say the men from the East will do the business.

Kingpins of the 2010s Dr Crokes have been tipped to win by 4% of those surveyed. Last year’s beaten finalists Kerins O’Rahillys (2.2%) were the only other team to receive more than 2% of the vote.

If there is to be an upset, could it come in the guise of a small club from rural south Kerry? Around 28% of readers have singled out Templenoe as the championship’s dark horses.

The club that gifted Kerry with the Spillanes have already reached the final of this season’s Club Championship and it appears as though their underdog story has resonated with fans across the county. When asked which team they will be shouting for if their own club/district doesn’t win the Kerry SFC, 35% of supporters said they’ll be backing Templenoe.

Roughly 9% of neutrals opted for Rahillys with East Kerry and Spa close behind.

This year’s County Championship will feature a group phase for the first time ever with the top two from each four-team pool advancing to the quarter-finals. Fans are anticipating that the following teams will qualify safely from their respective groups: Dr Crokes and Kenmare Shamrocks; East Kerry and Dingle; Austin Stacks and Mid Kerry; and Templenoe and South Kerry.

If that forecast does, indeed, come to pass, it will mean that last year’s beaten finalists, Kerins O’Rahillys, and another seeded team, St Brendan’s, will be eliminated at the first hurdle. Rahillys will be missing influential players Cormac Coffey and Jack Savage, both of whom have emigrated to the Middle East. Brendan’s, meanwhile, are without their Na Gaeil players this year following the Killeen club’s promotion to senior.

Two divisional teams from North Kerry could find the going tough if our readers know what they’re talking about. Shannon Rangers (43%) and Feale Rangers (28%) are apparently the two main candidates for the worst record when all is said and done.

David Clifford has been dazzling spectators all year long and more fireworks are on the way if our survey is to be believed. Over 60% of our readers reckon the East Kerry’s talisman will finish up as the championship’s top scorer. Dr Crokes sharpshooter Tony Brosnan got 11% of the vote with Clifford’s teammate Darragh Roche and Kenmare star Seán O’Shea next in line on 5% each.

The County Championship is a tried and trusted breeding ground for Kerry stars of the future and our survey also tasked respondents with pinpointing the type of players that Jack O’Connor will need to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks. (Readers were asked to select the three most pressing positions from a list of 10.)

Over three-quarters of those polled (76%) said a new midfielder is a priority with half forward emerging as the second highest priority (48%). Corner back, half back, and corner forward (roughly 25% each) were next on the list.

The championship gets underway this weekend with a full round of fixtures between Friday and Saturday.

SURVEY RESULTS

1. Who will win the 2022 Kerry Senior Football Championship?

East Kerry 84%

Dr Crokes 4%

Rahillys 2%

Mid Kerry <2%

Others 8%

2. Who are your dark horses for the competition?

Templenoe 28%

Spa 12%

Mid Kerry 12%

St Kieran’s 10%

Others 38%

3. If your team doesn’t win the Kerry SFC, who would you like to see win it?

Templenoe 35%

Rahillys 9%

East Kerry 9%

Spa 8%

Others 39%

4. Which team will end up with the worst record?

Shannon Rangers 43%

Feale Rangers 28%

West Kerry 6%

Na Gaeil 5%

Others 18%

5. Which player will be the championship’s top scorer?

David Clifford  61%

Tony Brosnan 11%

Darragh Roche 5%

Seán O’Shea  5%

Others 18%

6. Kerry boss Jack O’Connor should be on the lookout for a… (respondents were asked to choose three positions)

Midfielder 76%

Half forward 49%

Corner back 28%

Half back 26%

Corner forward 25%

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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