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Can Celtic defy the odds once again to make the last eight?

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FAI Junior Cup (Last 16)
Ballynanty Rovers v Killarney Celtic
Shelbourne Park (Limerick)
Sunday, February 5, at 2pm

FOLLOWING their heroics in the last round, Celtic are hoping to repeat the feat. Killarney Celtic have already exceeded expectations in this year’s FAI Junior Cup by shocking Mervue United and Newmarket Celtic. Now it’s time to see if they can go one better and reach the quarterfinals of Irish soccer’s showpiece competition.

It’ll take something exceptional to top their incredible last 32 victory over Newmarket, that’s for sure. That memorable 3-2 win will go down as one of the greatest in the history of the club and players and management deserve a lot of credit for making it this far.

Celtic are on a great run of form and they followed up on that triumph in Clare with another road win last weekend, this time against Ringmahon of Cork in the Munster Junior Cup.

Confidence will be sky high within the camp but they’ll also be well aware that in Ballynanty Rovers they’re coming up against a truly formidable opponent.

Balla (as they’re affectionately known) currently find themselves third in the ultra-competitive Limerick league with 27 points from 14 games and at 6/1 the current Lawson Cup holders are third favourites to win the FAI Junior Cup outright.

En route to the last 16 they’ve defeated Limerick sides Newport Town (A) 2-1, Croom United (A) 3-0, Bruff United (H) 15-0 and Mungret Regional (H) 8-1, before beating Wexford’s Courtown Hibs (A) 1-0 in the 5th round and then Rush Athletic of Dublin (A) 1-0 in the last 32.

The team from the north side of Limerick City certainly have pedigree in this competition: they made it all the way to the final in 2014 but were unable to get the better of St Michael’s (Tipperary) on the day.

The Hoops will travel to Limerick on Sunday without the services of striker Cathal O’Shea who will serve a suspension for the red card he picked up against Newmarket, while regular left back Brendan Falvey is a doubt having broken a bone in his hand in the same game.

For the third round in a row, Celtic go into a huge FAI Junior Cup game as underdogs.

The bookies have them at 11/4 (which, interestingly, is a shorter price than they were against Newmarket in the previous round) so the travelling support know it’ll take another massive team effort if the men from Killarney are to claim another historic scalp.

Ballynanty are a very strong outfit and home advantage may be enough to see them through but Celtic have already defied the odds this season. With the right attitude, and a little bit of luck, there’s no reason they can’t do it again.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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