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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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Rathmore students look to the future

Students in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore looked to the future as they explored third level opportunities. The teens took part in a number of activities to mark College Awareness […]

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Students in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore looked to the future as they explored third level opportunities.

The teens took part in a number of activities to mark College Awareness Week which was held in schools and other education settings nationwide last week.

The focus throughout the week in their school was to highlight the wide range of options open to them when they leave school and to realise that there are pathways to suit all types of learners.

Students from First to Sixth Year took part in activities to get them thinking about their future plans.

First and Second year students completed a module on ‘My Pathways’ and Third Years had an introductory talk on options after school.

Transition Year students worked on a display on all the options and pathways available after school which will remain up permanently.

Senior Cycle students attended the Careers Fair in Munster Technological University (MTU) where they got a chance to meet universities, colleges of Further Education, agricultural colleges, apprenticeship and more education and training providers from around the country including past sudent Aidan O’Mahony at the stand with An Garda Síochána.

Leaving Cert and LCA students had a really informative talk in school on Further Education and apprenticeships from Ella O’Donoghue, Admissions Officer of Kerry College.

The week finished with a talk for Senior Cycle students on Business and Law options in UCC by Ian Wallace.

“A highlight of the week was the involvement of past students, who sent us video clips on their career stories so far and shared tips with students,” Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor at the school, said.

“It was fabulous to see how well our former students have done and it was really important for our current students to see the diversity of pathways they have taken including apprenticeships, Further Education courses, university, travel, setting up businesses and returning to education as mature students. We are really grateful to the past students who reconnected with us for this week, their input was inspiring and invaluable.”

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Students have education and fun London trip

Leaving Certificate students from St Brigid’s returned home Saturday night after a hectic four-day tour to London. The 87 girls took a tour of London on their first day in the city […]

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Leaving Certificate students from St Brigid’s returned home Saturday night after a hectic four-day tour to London.

The 87 girls took a tour of London on their first day in the city after landing. They visited some of the famous locations on the journey, such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square. They enjoyed a night at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End watching ‘The Lion King’.

The girls went to The Natural History Museum on day two, which has one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artefacts. They took their time looking around the massive cathedral-like structure’s sculptures and frescoes. Four coloured zones that focus on topics including the environment, evolution, the planet, and wildlife make up the museum’s divisions. They then took pleasure in a trip to the fascinating Science Museum. It was the ideal location for someone with an inquisitive mind, full of amazing things to do and explore.

The Victoria and Albert Museum was the next stop on the itinerary. The V&A’s collection of art spans 5,000 years, from prehistoric periods to the modern era. The Mouse Trap, an Agatha Christie play, was the entertainment for this evening at the St Martin’s Lane Theatre. The play’s 70th anniversary was this week.

On day three, the girls boarded a capsule for a 30-minute spin of the London Eye and marvelled at the breath-taking sights of London. After that, they went to the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Planetarium and Astronomy Centre, where they experienced an amazing adventure through space. They went to the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, planting one foot on the eastern and the other on the western hemisphere of our planet.

The girls ended their evening at what was a highlight for many at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

On the final day before flying home, the girls went to Oxford Street to do a spot of shopping.

“A great trip was had by all where many memories were made,” said Sheree Murphy, one of the teachers who travelled with them on the trip.

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