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Best of luck to Killarney Celtic this evening as they line out for Killarney’s biggest-ever soccer game

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THE sun is smiling down today as Killarney gets set to host the biggest-ever game in the history of soccer in the town. This evening local kingpins Killarney Celtic will take on the might of Dublin’s Sheriff Youth Club FC in the semi-final of the FAI Junior Cup semi-final.

With the quarter-final victory over Limerick side Janesboro FC attracting over 2,000 supporters to Celtic Park, this crunch encounter is expected to draw a bumper crowd, keen to see the local boys in green battle it out with the current cup holders and the top junior side in the country.

The big game will kick off at 5pm at Kilbrean Park, home of Mastergeeha FC.

Celtic manager Brian Spillane said: “Sheriff are the best junior club the game has ever seen and they will expect to beat us. We are the underdogs, nobody expects us to win but we’ll give it everything and there will be no blame game afterwards if we lose.”

Sheriff’s manager, Alan Reilly, declared: “I’m not trying to play down the favourites’ tag but it’s a semi-final and anything can happen.”

He said: “If we do what we are capable of I’d be quite confident but this is the Junior Cup and Celtic are on a good run so we’ll have our work cut out for us.”

Celtic will be running shuttle-buses from the Killarney Outlet Centre bus park every quarter of an hour from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

Killarney Celtic Chairman Paul Sherry remarked: “We are putting crowd control plans in place as we are expecting a huge attendance given that we have gone further than any other Kerry side in this competition.”

A number of car parking spaces will be available at the ground on a first come first served basis, and weather depending, car-parking facilities will also be available close by.

Killarney Celtic have produced a special souvenir programme for the big match, which is now on sale.
 


 
Above: The Killarney Celtic team that lined out against Janesboro FC recently. PICTURE: KONRAD PAPROCKI

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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