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Bryan Sheehan, Kerry, and Denis Bastick, Dublin, with the Allianz Football League Division 1 trophy. PICTURE: BRENDAN MORAN/SPORTSFILE

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AS THE GAA marks 100 years to the day since the start of the 1916 Rising today, Kerry and Dublin come face to face again at Croke Park seeking to land the Allianz Football League Division 1 title.
A crowd of over 50,000 is expected at GAA HQ this afternoon to witness the third league final between the counties, alongside the Division 2 decider involving Cavan and Tyrone and the “Laochra” theatrical production that will mark the events of Easter week 1916.
The Kerry Senior football team to play Dublin in the final of the Allianz Football League in Croke Park at 3.30pm shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Roscommon in the semi-final.
Brendan Kealy starts in goal in place of Brian Kelly as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers, and team captain Bryan Sheehan starts in the half forward line in place of Johnny Buckley.
The team contains nine of the side that started when the sides met in the opening round of the League.
The team, captained by Bryan Sheehan, is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
6. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Bryan Sheehan (C) St Marys
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
18. Killian Young Renard
19. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
20. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
21. Michael Geaney Dingle
22. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
23. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
24. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes
25. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
26. Denis Daly St Marys
Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Colm Cooper plays his 60th League game today having made his debut against Laois in 2002 at the Gaelic Grounds. He is scorer of 12-164 in League football and top Kerry scorer in 2016 AFL with 1-23.
David Moran made his League debut back in 2008 against Donegal. He plays in his 30th League game today and is scorer of 2-32 in League Football
Marc Ó Sé made his League debut v Antrim in 2002 and plays in his 88th League game for Kerry.
 


 
Pictured above: Bryan Sheehan, Kerry, and Denis Bastick, Dublin, with the Allianz Football League Division 1 trophy. PICTURE: BRENDAN MORAN/SPORTSFILE

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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