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Big screen for big match at Killarney Racecourse

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney football fans who are unable to get to Dublin for the All Ireland final will be able to watch the big game on an open air television screen just ten minutes-walk from the town centre.

BIG SCREEN: A TV screen like this one will be installed in Killarney Racecourse in time for the All Ireland football final

The Kerry v Galway clash is set for 330pm next Sunday, July 24.

As ever, tickets are in high demand and not everyone will be lucky enough to get one of the 75,000 or so tickets on offer.

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club’s annual show is scheduled for the same day at Killarney Racecourse.

It returns after a two-year lay-off and it is one of the biggest shows of its kind in the county

Organisers were concerned that the clashing match would take crowds away from their event. They were also concerned that those who did attend would leave early so they could watch the match.

Both scenarios would detract from the event so the organisers came up with what they believe is the perfect solution.

They have booked a large-screen outdoor television for the day.

Families will be able watch the match in the beautiful surroundings of the racecourse. The venue offers a safe location for children, and the car show can go ahead without any fear of a crowd loss due to the game.

“It is win win for everyone,” said Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club’s James Looney who is one of the organisers of the event.

“It is ideal for families, we have done something similar before when we had a Harvest festival that clashed with a big game and that worked perfect. It is the best of both worlds, see the cars and the match at the same time and there is room for children to run around in a safe environment.”

Admission is set at €5 per adult and children go free – this is the same admission fee announced before the addition of the big screen.

The show will open to the public at 11am but all show cars need to be on site before 10am.

Those interested in showing a car should contact Tom Leslie on 087 238 3809.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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